Same-Sex Marriage Equality
There are over 105 million households in the United States today and out of those households, there are over 1.2 million gay people living with same-sex partners (“Census on Gays in America”). This makes the proposed legalization of same-sex marriage one of the most significant issues in contemporary America. It is presently one of the most discussed reforms in law reviews and the American court systems. If legalized, it could be one of the most revolutionary policy decisions in the history of America, along with women’s rights, interracial marriage, and slavery. There are many people who are opposed and feel it is morally and ethically wrong and others who feel that same-sex marriages are acceptable. Prior to writing about this topic, I had no strong feelings toward or against the issue on same-sex marriages. After researching and finding out more information on the topic, I became in favor of legalizing same-sex marriages. Many people ask themselves why gays and lesbians even want to attempt to get laws passed to be allowed to get married. Why would they want to be married? Are they not happy with the relationship in which they have? Gays and lesbians are just like heterosexuals, they want their marriages to be recognized by the law. They are like any normal couple and want a marriage to prove and show their love for each other. Same-sex couples want that simple document the government gives to heterosexuals, which legally binds two people into a marriage. What exactly is marriage? Marriage is defined as a legal relationship between two spouses; it is established by a civil or religious ceremony and takes place between two people who intend to live together as sexual and domestic partners. So, why would so many Americans be against the union of same-sex partners? In January 2004, an ABC News polls, showed that fifty five percent of Americans oppose the right to same sex marriages; and in 2004 Fox News released a poll that...
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