At the outset, Marriage is an institution which is composed of complex personal values, legal bindings, and religious customs among other properties (Allen, n.d., p. 949). These properties help in regulating human relation for the marriage lifespan (Allen, n.d., p. 950). Marriage was intended to be an institution which is composed of only a man and a woman. It was treated to be important for success and survival for individuals. However, for the past few years, there has been debate about the legalization of same sex marriage, particularly gay marriage. A number of questions have been raised regarding gay marriage and the effects of this kind of marriage if it is legalized. For instance, social and cultural effects of gay marriage have been debated on for a number of years (Herdt & Kertzner, 2006, p. 1). There are also economic effects of gay marriage. This paper will address the causes of gay marriage and its effects. Causes
Burton (2006) classifies the causes of gay relationship and marriage into two: Genetic and psychological factors. The genetic linkage of homosexuality was published in 1993 (Burton, 2006, p. 12). The study which involved respondents who were drawn from homophile organizations showed that maternal uncles, brothers, and sons of maternal aunts had the highest rates of homosexuality than the general population (Burton, 2006, p. 12). This, therefore, showed that genetics has an effect in gay relationship. Furthermore, as noted by Burton (2006): “The higher incidence rate of homosexuality in the maternal line suggested to the researchers that homosexuality might be associated with a gene on the X chromosome through a linkage mechanism (p. 13).” Therefore, there are genetic factors that can cause gay relationship and consequently, gay marriages. It is, however, important to note that genetic linkage of gay relationship has been criticized. Psychological factors have also been linked to gay marriage. From the 19th...
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