Should Same-Sex Marriages Be Allowed?
For thousands of years, most cultures around the world have recognized marriage as a union between a man and a woman. However, marriage can best be described as a commitment of love between two people, yet homosexuals have been denied the right to make their marriage recognized by the federal government of the United States. Should gay marriages be legal? Clearly this is an unresolved issue in our society. Even though the federal government does not validate same-sex marriage, such marriages are recognized by some individual states. So far, only 8 states (Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, California , New York, Washington D.C., and Iowa) have passed a law that allows homosexual couples the right to participate in civil unions. In addition to these, there are a few other states that are also debating whether or not to allow these couples to marry. Unfortunately, this debate has left the America’s homosexual community in an awkward position. There are some people who believe that homosexuals have no rights and should never be allowed to marry. Others think that homosexuals are just like anyone else and should enjoy the same rights and privileges as heterosexuals do. The contending sides in the gay-marriage controversy often seem to talk past one another. They start from such radically different premises that it is hard to speak of genuine "debate" at all. One side says the issue is a matter of basic human rights; the other says it is about preserving a traditional form that is the basis for all successful human societies. On this issue, Left and Right differ dramatically on religion, biology of human reproduction and social issues about what is perceived to be ‘normal’ and where ‘normal’ matters. There should be no reason to why homosexuals should be denied the same rights as heterosexuals as they are equally well-functioning members of society and making their marriage recognized should be no exception. The proposed legalization of same sex marriage is one of the most significant issues in contemporary society. Presently, it is one of the most provocative issues and most vigorous topics discussed in law reviews. It could possibly be one of the most revolutionary policy decisions in the history of American family law. The potential consequences, positive or negative, for children, parents, same-sex couples, families and social structure are momentous. Given the importance of the issue, the value of a comprehensive debate may be obvious. Marriage is much more than just a commitment to love one another. Aside from societal and religious conventions, marriage entails legally imposed financial responsibility and legally authorized financial benefits. According to the federal government's General Accounting Office (GAO), more than 1,100 rights and protections are conferred to U.S. citizens upon marriage. Marriage instantly provides an automatic legal succession of a deceased spouse's property, as well as Social Security benefits, veterans' benefits, health insurance, Medicaid, hospital visitation, estate taxes, retirement savings, pensions, family leave, and immigration law. With all this to consider, should the law prohibit homosexuals to request the legalisation of their marriage merely because they are of the same gender? The definition of marriage has a long tradition of being between one man and one woman and this has been supported and has an accepted definition across virtually all cultures. Marriage was a ritual born from primitive cultures that recognized males and females mated to produce children that needed to be cared for. The biological parents were considered to be the primary caregivers, with other relatives and friends taking a secondary role. Hence, marriage was a logical extension of human reproduction and that families needed to prevail for society to survive. Having said that, we should realize the fact that in the last century, the human race has...
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