SHOULD SAME SEX MARRIAGE BE A CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT?
Same sex marriage is currently not an option in 39 states. It has been frowned upon by the church for decades, yet the 14th amendment makes “the elusive promise of equality a reality”. (p.255) In 1996 congress passed DOMA to define the word marriage as a “legal union between one man and one woman” (p.253) This preventing any couples married in one state that allows gay marriage to move to a state without, and receive recognition of their union. Attorney Theodore B. Olson is in support of legalizing same sex marriages. It would be “a recognition of basic American principles, and would represent the culmination of our nation’s commitment to equal rights.” (p.254) By not allowing gay marriage or by limiting the acknowledgement such as in California, and a “civil union” we are labeling “those relationships as less worthy, less sanctioned, or less legitimate.” (p256.) Olson has heard claims that traditional marriages promote “procreation” therefore these claims are insinuating that legalizing gay marriage would lessen our population? This is an obseard excuse. It doesn’t matter if someone is gay or not, if people want to have kids, or not have kids, they make their own choices. I know a lesbian couple who recently got married and they are planning on having a child, they are going to go to a sperm bank to conceive. On a similar note Olson points out that nobody questions if heterosexual couples intend to have children before they get married. There are couples who know they have no desire to bear children, there are adults who get married at age 70, we allow people in prison to marry, and soldiers going off to war to marry prior to their deployment. None of which are guaranteed to produce off spring. “Another argument, vaguer and even less persuasive, is that gay marriage somehow does harm to heterosexual marriage.” (p.256) What does that mean? I can only imagine people think that if gay marriage is legal it...
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