The United States of America; the very first thought to come to mind should be a nation of peace and equality. But in the big picture, it’s not. We are living in a nation filled with racism, sexism, hate, and homophobia. There are 39 U.S. states that have banned same-sex marriage, 5 that allow civil unions between same sex couples, and 6 that allow same-sex marriage, along with DC. However, due to DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act), the federal government does not recognize same-sex marriage in these states. According to the 2010 Census, there were 646,000 same-sex couple households, and 115,064 of those couples have children. Same-sex marriage (also called gay marriage) is a legally or socially recognized marriage between two persons of the same biological sex or social gender. Same-sex marriage is a civil rights, political, social, moral, and religious issue in many nations. The conflict arises over whether same-sex couples should be allowed to enter into marriage, be required to use a different status (such as a civil union, which usually grants fewer rights), or not have any such rights.
A related issue is whether the term "marriage" should be applied; therefore, same sex marriage should be legal (“Same-sex Marriage in the United States”, Wikipedia). The definition of equality is exactly this: The state of being equal, especially in status, rights, and opportunities. (Dictionary.com) Equality is what this country is supposed to go by, isn’t it? Well, preventing two people from marrying, just because of their sexual orientation is a violation of their constitutional rights, and is directly discriminating the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community of America. The constitution states that all people are equal, and that all people deserve the same rights. So, if everyone has the same, equal rights, then why should it matter whether one person is heterosexual or homosexual? The fact is, it shouldn’t. Banning an issue doesn’t make it go away. All it does is create more discontent than is necessary. The constitution is what we are supposed to live by. It’s meant to protect us Americans, not prevent us from having our own happiness. DOMA, (Defense of Marriage Act), states that marriage is a legal union between one man and one woman and prevents same-sex couples from having any federal benefits. The Obama administration announced in 2011 that it had determined that section 3 of DOMA was unconstitutional and, though it would continue to enforce the law, it would no longer defend it in court. Section 3 of DOMA codifies the non-recognition of same-sex marriages for all federal purposes, including insurance benefits for government employees, Social Security survivors' benefits, immigration, and the filing of joint tax returns. Section 3 of DOMA has been found unconstitutional in eight federal courts, including the First and Second Circuit Court of Appeals, on issues including bankruptcy, public employee benefits, estate taxes, and immigration. The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal in one of those cases, United States v. Windsor, and scheduled oral arguments for March 27, 2013 (“Defense of Marriage Act”, Wikipedia) Equality is key. It’s was this country is supposed to revolve around. When do we stop allowing government into our homes? When does the government stop growing, and our rights stop shrinking? People get married because of love. Who has the right to judge someone for who they love? No one does. Love isn’t something that can be controlled. It’s an emotion that’s sometimes more overpowering than life itself.
The prevention of same-sex marriage has caused more upheaval in the past century than it has ever before. The movement to obtain marriage rights for same sex marriage began in the 1970’s, but became more prominent in U.S. politics in 1993 when the Hawaii Supreme Court declared the state’s prohibition to be unconstitutional in Baehr v. Lewin. (Wikipedia) Everyone has feelings,...
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