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Michigans Gay Ban, Banned - In 2004, by a vote of 59% of the voters in Michigan with a turnout of 63%, Michigan Proposal 04-2 was ratified as an amendment to the Michigan State Constitution. It states, “To secure and preserve the benefits of marriage for our society and for future generations of children, the union of one man and one woman in marriage shall be the only agreement recognized as a marriage or similar union for any purpose.” In May of 2008 the Michigan Supreme Court ruled that it included not just marriage and civil unions, but from being able to get employee domestic partnership benefits including things like health insurance....   [tags: same-sex marriage, federal government]
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The Right to Same Sex Marriage - ... Same-sex couples where coming in from everywhere getting married and then going back to their homes in other states, states where gay marriage wasn’t legal. On November 2nd 2004 eleven anti-gay amendments where passed along. This ended the year on a pretty bad note (Hyde). Four years later in 2008 California voters approved a ban on same-sex marriage. This ban is known as Proposition 8. Gay marriage was legalized in California in 2003 and thousands of couples have been married and living happily there for a long time (Hyde)....   [tags: gay rights, LGBT]
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Homosexual Marriage Should Be Legal - ... (ProCon.org) With this still in mind, I bring a point that is most often overlooked; children living with homosexual families. According to the two thousand United States census, about twenty-eight percent of homosexual homes have children living with them. In the book Gay Marriage, Moral Wrong or Civil Right, social scientists Peter Swisher, and Nancy Cook N.D. gave a statement about children living with homosexual parents: A substantial number of recent empirical studies in social science research show that there are no significant differences between children raised by homosexual parents and heterosexual couples....   [tags: legalizing gay unions]
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The Issue on Same-Sex Marriage - ... Age-specific mortality was significantly higher for gay and bisexual men than all men aged 30-44. Life expectancy at age 20 for gay and bisexual men ranged from 34.0 years to 46.3 years for the 3% and 9% scenarios respectively. These were all lower than the 54.3 year life expectancy at age 20 for all men. The probability of living from age 20 to 65 years for gay and bisexual men ranged from 32% for the 3% scenario, to 59% for the 9% scenario. These figures were considerably lower than for all men where the probability of living from 20 to 65 was 78%.” (Hogg, Strathdee, Criab, O’ Shaughnessy, and Montaner)....   [tags: gay and bisexual rights]
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Same-Sex Marriage Legalization - ... Every commercial you see with a couple getting married is between a man and a woman. I can tell you for certain, in the near future that will change. Why do I think that. As you can see in our everyday lives the opinion on same sex marriage is changing every day. Not only is America changing their views, but a great portion of the world is coming together on the idea that marriage can not only be between a man and a woman but as well as the same sex. Without showing you statistics and graphs on people’s views on same sex marriage, you can take a look at the youth of today and have a good idea of what the future will hold....   [tags: gay rights] 891 words
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Believer in Same-Sex Marriage - ... The times have changed and we have evolved from “having a home on a prairie.” A total of seventeen US states (CA, CT, DE, HI, IA, IL, MA, MD, ME, MN, NH, NJ, NM, NY, RI, VT, and WA) – as well as the District of Columbia – have legalized gay marriage as of January 6, 2014. The “traditional marriage” is no longer defined by one man and one woman in holy matrimony. That concept has been historically inaccurate for decades. There have been several family arrangements that are based on polygamy, the sharing of prostitutes, and the use of mistresses that have been going on even before it was a topic to make same-sex marriages legal in the states....   [tags: gay, discriminiation, relationships] 558 words
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Same Sex Marriage - ... I have compared and contrast two articles that I have read, one from La Shawn Barber, “Interracial Marriage: Slippery Slope?” and “The Loving Decision” by the Anna Quindlen, both openly opinionating their views on same sex marriage. In “Interracial Marriage: Slippery Slope?” the author La Shawn Barber, starts the article with a bit of a history lesson. Barber mentions a case that happen in Virginia 55 years ago, “Loving v. Virginia”. Mildred Jeter and Richard Loving went to Washington D.C in June of 1958 and got married since there was no laws prohibiting interracial marriage there....   [tags: gay rights] 889 words
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Legalizing Same Sex Marriage - ... Yet statistics made in a study among children raised by same sex parents have shown that children are not impacted by it, and in fact, they tend to be more open and accepting of people. These children will be able to understand other people’s problems and not judge them. The unfortunate truth though is that most adopting agencies do not allow same sex couples adopt, but they allow families that are lower class to adopt because of the monthly imbursement that is intended for that adopted child....   [tags: discrimination, gay rights]
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Pros and Cons of Same-Sex Marriage - ... It would also make it easier for them to adopt children who might otherwise be left in foster care. Another reason is that gay-marriage legalization is correlated with lower divorce rates, while gay-marriage bans are correlated with higher divorce rates. The Constitution’s commitments to liberty and equality protect gay marriage. Freedom of personal choice in matters such as marriage and family life is one of the liberties protected by the Due-Process Clause. On August 4, 2010, US District Judge Vaughn Walker wrote that Prop....   [tags: gay rights and unions]
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Discussion of Same Sex Marriage - Marriage is not about religion because atheists marry; it is not about procreation because the infertile marry; and it is not about finance for it can weave poverty. What it is about is love. For centuries, the battle for gay rights has waged, and will continue to do so until the rights are granted to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people to help secure equality for all. “…LGBT people must lead this effort, as so many of [them] are. Their knowledge and experiences are invaluable and their courage inspirational” (Clinton 4)....   [tags: gay rights, love, lgbt community]
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The Bond of Marriage - The Bond of Marriage The argument to allow gay couples to marry has been a debatable topic for many years. The authors, Andrew Sullivan and William Bennett have conflicting beliefs to whether gay marriages should be permissible. Sullivan expresses his opinion of the right gays have to marry in his article “Let Gays Marry.” Bennett retaliates with his own article opposing gay marriage. His article “Leave Marriage Alone,” relates his view that same-sex marriage is wrong and unethical. Both authors provide valid information to their opinions....   [tags: Gay Marriages Homosexuals Equality Essays] 1160 words
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Same Sex Marriage: Love is Love - Love is love. It does not matter if a person is gay, straight, or bisexual. The term marriage is derived from two people coming together in matrimony to form a bond between the two, in order to obtain mutual benefits federally and state wide, and to formalize the decision of two people to live as a married couple. The definition of marriage has been disputed for several decades, whether if it should be defined as a ceremony between a man and a women, or a ceremony between people of same-sex. Although, in the last couple of years, people have been fighting to legalize same-sex marriage federally....   [tags: gay, lesbian, bisexual]
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Who Cares About Gay Rights? - ... The bivariate analysis conducted shows passage for laws banning same-sex marriage, and then reports bivariate logit coefficients for state constitutional amendment models. Throughout this experiment, they have concluded that the effect of public opinion is very strong and continuing to grow. Confounding variables such as citizen and government liberalism, legislative and gubernatorial party strength, and the strength of the gay and evangelical communities were all expressed in terms of causal relationships between public opinion and gay rights....   [tags: same-sex marriage, public opinion, relationships]
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Gay Rights - Feeling the warmth when they hold a loved one is something for which people should not be judged. It should not matter what sex their partner is because, put simply, they are in love. The gay rights movement is a continuing procession that fights for their rights. The gay rights movement actually begins on November 11, 1950 when gay rights activist Harry Hay founds America’s first national gay rights organization by the name of Mattachine Society, according to the “Timeline: Milestones in the American Gay Rights Movement”....   [tags: LGBT, intolerance, marriage, equality, society]
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Same-Sex Marriage: A Human Right - In a 2011 survey by the Williams Institute, 3.5% of all adults in the United States identified as either lesbian, gay, or bisexual, implying that there are nearly 9 million LGB individuals (Gates 1). Despite this, same-sex marriage is only legalized in seventeen out of fifty states, as well as the District of Columbia (Freedom to Marry). In thirty-three states, the government has decided that it has the power to intervene in who its citizens want to marry and love, as if they could decide our friends and family....   [tags: politics, legalization, gay rights]
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Legalizing Same Sex Marriage - ... The second, striking down key components in DOMA, stating it “deprive[d] same-sex couples who are legally married under state laws of their Fifth Amendment rights to equal protection under federal law” (United States v. Windsor). The ruling cleared the way for truly equal marriages in the country, entitling same-sex married couples “over 1,100 rights” formerly only reserved for the heterosexual couples (Weinger). In addition to these recent rulings, several states are in the process of granting same-sex marriages, in an effort to join the current 17 states that recognize marriage equality (Freedom to Marry)....   [tags: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, LGBT]
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Same Sex Marriage Should Not Be Legal - According to Christian belief, in the beginning, god made Adam a man and then made eve a woman. He gave Adam a woman, not a man, so that the human race can maintain. For thousands of years homosexuality has been a sin or misconduct in many, if not all, religions. We are continually beset with this controversial topic and now have reached an age in where homosexuality is more open and widely received than it has ever been before. Now, gay men and women fight for the right to be married....   [tags: Gay Lesbian Homosexual debate, argumentative] 1630 words
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Analyzing Same-Sex Marriage - ... Should they be allowed the same rights, prerogatives, responsibilities. Nevertheless, marriage is something that is so much greater than the commitment between two people. The booster of same-sex marriage propose the union of two men or two women. This negates the obvious biological, physiological, and psychological facts about men and women which find their supplementarity in marriage. Not only that, it also negates the basic purpose of marriage that is the immortalization of the human race and the raising of children....   [tags: gay rights, homosexual relationships] 1524 words
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Same-Sex Marriage Affirmative Case - ... In this quote, we are able to see how Becker uses information from a questionnaire in 1996 but does not include the context to support the statement made by Obama. Non sequitur is also a material fallacy found throughout the article. The conclusion made from the premises does not logically follow the reasons given. “Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law,” the president said, “for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.” The disconnection between the premises and the conclusion are evident in this quote because here the author is matching up the equality of every...   [tags: gay rights politics and legislation]
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Should Same Sex Marriage Be Legalized in the United States - ... Another argument is that if marriage was strictly for purposes of reproduction, then couples in which one or both partners were infertile, or too old to conceive would not be able to marry. A favorite among homosexual couples is that they should have the same benefits that heterosexual couples enjoy, including family health plans, social security benefits and tax exemptions. The final argument that I found for gay marriage is that it is not a religious issue so it religious beliefs should have no effect on whether or not they are allowed to get married....   [tags: formally recognized gay unions]
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Same Sex Marriage Should Be Legal All Over - ... In July of 2010, a study concluded that children of gay fathers were “as well adjusted as those adopted by homosexual parents” (4). By changing the laws of marriage against homosexuals, there would be thousands of newly formed families. Making marriage for homosexual couples legal in the remaining 33 states would give many of these children permanent homes, make the adoption process easier and have newly formed families. Another reason why marriage for gays should become legal in all states is because marriage provides both physical and psychological benefits according to ProCon Headlines (3)....   [tags: gay rights, adoption rights] 638 words
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Gay Marriages - In today’s society there are many factors that contribute to the ever-continuing social inequality of people through out Canada. It is no wonder as to why there are so many stereotypes of what is socially ‘acceptable’ and what isn’t when the media is forcing these ‘norms’ into our minds. What is ‘ideal’ with in today’s expectations isn’t always attainable due the fact that everyone is different. One of the most controversial topics being discussed today is view on same sex marriage. This notorious topic is nothing new, however, there is an ongoing debate as to whether or not make it legal for couples of the same sex to engage in a marital status....   [tags: Same Sex Marriage Essays] 878 words
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Why Same-Sex Marriage Should Be Welcome in Society - Leave them alone, freedom is coming Two living human beings can be happy together, whether it is friendship or even something more than a friendship. When two people come together, they come together for love and companionship. Who has the right to deny anyone of that Earthly desire of loving the same gender. Not one human being on this earth has the authority to deny someone the right to love someone. Since the beginning of the existence of marriage, heterosexual relationships have been given the right by society to hold hands in marriage and have the freedom to love....   [tags: gay rights and equality]
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Quit Your Bitching: Same Sex Marriage - ... Arizona’s legislation, however has been the only on to pass, efforts are stalled in Idaho, Ohio, and Kansas. Rep. Chad Campbell of Phoenix, the Democratic minority leader, said during debate that gays and lesbians across the country would get the message that they're not welcome in Arizona. This action the Mr. Campbell has taken will open the gate way of discrimination across the hole of Arizona and to the rest of the country as well, in to a higher degree that will soon secaled into state ment like, “He is Muslim, and does not belive the same as me, so it is “agenst” my religion to give any from of service to him,” or “He is black and it is aganst me belives to serve him.” In San Fran...   [tags: legal gay unions]
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Stop The Madness: Gay Marriages Should be Banned - On June 26, 2015, the US Supreme Court ruled that the US Constitution guarantees the right for same-sex couples to marry. Should gay marriages be legal. Why should our nation accommodate such a dreadful Supreme Court ruling. Gay couples have become a major problem for our children. Children only repeat what they hear, see, and other habits from their role models. Our children are the ones who are being subjected to these horrifying situations.       Gay marriages should be banned because God did not intend women to sleep with each other, nor men with men....   [tags: Same Sex Marriage Essays] 670 words
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Gay Parenting Should Not Be Encouraged - Gay Parenting Should Not Be Encouraged Statistics from the United States (ACLU Fact sheet, 1999) estimate the there are between 6 and 14 million children being raised in same sex parent families. Whilst some significant advances have been made by the pro gay parenting movement, current legislation is for the most part geared against same sex marriage and adoption, this status quo should be maintained. Gay parents rights group argue that being raised by two parents of the same sex provides a balanced and healthy approach to parenting....   [tags: Sociology Same Sex Marriage Homosexual Essays]
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The Fight for Gay Equality - As the world evolves all the people who live on it evolve as well. The United States basis its constitution on equal rights and that all people should treat each other with equal standards. The gay community over the past couple decades has evolved from not being able to marry legally, to a handful of states passing a law to allow gay marriage. Although laws are being enacted to better the equality of homosexuals, the gay community has a long way to go before they are equal with the rest of society....   [tags: Gay Rights]
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In Favor of Same Sex Marriage - Equality for all. I think not. You’re sitting in a church for your friend, Kathryn. She has invited you and a few other people to her wedding. As you watch her, you notice how happy she is about this marriage. Both partners say “I do,” and you hear the clergyman say, “I pronounce you wife and wife.” The church erupts with applause as your friend and her partner share their first kiss as a legally married couple. That is fantasy that has yet to come true for most homosexual couples. The war for same-sex marriage has yet to be won in America....   [tags: Gay Lesbian Homosexual]
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History of Homosexuality in the US and Same-Sex Marriage - ... Gay men were sentenced to mental institutions because they were found to be sexual psychopaths and were also subjected to imprisonment or even often sterilization, castration and Lobotomies to which they believed would help cure a person of homosexuality or behaviors.( quote) Atascadero was biggest institution known for only one reason the State Mental Hospital an all-male facility located in California. It was known among the Gay community as the “Dachau for Queers”. (guote) This facility was known for doing experiments on gay men and administering them drugs that would give an drowning effect in other words it was called an example of water boarding....   [tags: gay rights movement, considered seual perverts] 717 words
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Defense of Marriage Act - Within the last month a highly anticipated law suit toward DOMA or the Defense of Marriage Act has come to a close. A federal judge has named portions of DOMA as unconstitutional. The verdict is a large win for those supporters of gay rights, as well as giant loss for those that oppose this type of union (Trotter). To clarify, if this verdict is upheld, federal government would have no say in whether or not to legalize gay marriage. Each individual states government would be held responsible to do so (Trotter)....   [tags: Marriage] 2253 words
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Same-Sex Marriage - ... Others may protest saying that marriage is not considered a marriage unless they have biological proof in the form of a child. Unfortunately, these people are quick to forget there are many heterosexual couples that are unable to produce a child. If someone told you that you couldn’t get married to the man or the woman you love, because you were infertile wouldn’t you be furious, even though the same scenario only a different variables is what faces homosexuals. Those against gay marriage say that marriage must be between a man and a woman, because they can reproduce....   [tags: homosexual rights, gay unions]
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The Legalization of Same Sex Marriage - There is a war being fought over how to define the term "marriage". This argument is fierce due the fact that the definition of marriage is being challenged on the basis of it’s morality or, in other words, whether it is right or wrong. Many conservative organizations such as religious and other social conservative groups contend that the definition of marriage should remain as or return to being the formal union of one man and one woman or in other words, a heterosexual couple, via legal commitments and/or religious ceremonies citing religious and social reasons....   [tags: gay rights, moral values]
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Same-Sex Marriage, the Right to Unite - Gay Marriages: The Right to Unite   Sam* and Alex* have been together for two years. Recently, they decided that they would like to buy a house together. Unfortunately, they are homosexual and are having trouble attaining a loan together. If they were married, as they one day hope to be, there would be no problem getting a loan and simply purchasing a home. Marriage is not an option for Sam and Alex in the state where they live. Because they are gay, they are unable to legalize their relationship in 48 of the 50 states....   [tags: Essays on Gay Lesbian Bisexual]
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The Proposed Legalization of Same Sex Marriage - The Proposed Legalization of Same Sex Marriage The proposed legalization of same-sex marriage is one of the most significant issues in contemporary American family law. Presently, it is one of the most vigorously advocated reforms discussed in law reviews, one of the most explosive political questions facing lawmakers, and one of the most provocative issues emerging before American courts. If same-sex marriage is legalized, it could be one of the most revolutionary policy decisions in the history of American family law....   [tags: Gay Lesbian Homosexual Papers]
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Same-Sex Marriage - America is a country known for its freedom, yet people are told who they can and cannot marry. According to Kim Richards a case in Hawaii in 1993 where judges said the state’s constitution required a good reason not to give gay’s equal marriage rights. Congress was pushed to pass the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which prevented homosexuals who were allowed to marry from receiving the usual benefits of marriage, like taxes and retirement. In response states have made their stand on domestic partnerships and civil unions....   [tags: freedom, homosexuality, equality, gay rights]
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Same-Sex Marriage Should be Legalized - "So now you see the light, eh. Stand up for your rights. Come on. Get up, stand up: stand up for your rights!" Lyrics form the song, "Get Up, Stand Up", by Bob Marley Same Sex Marriage should be legalized in the United States. There are over 1,049 federal rights and also over 300 state rights (depending on what state) that couples receive when they become offical married of many of which are denied to people in civil unions....   [tags: Gay Lesbian Homosexual] 1795 words
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Gay Parenting - For generations, homosexuality has been repelled against and condemned. Homosexuality is not normal, according to certain traditions and religions. Homosexuality is to be frowned upon and recognized as demons and sin-natured. In modern times, homosexuality has become a lifestyle and a relationship for more and more people with each passing moment. Although homosexual marriage is not allowed in some states, the anatomy of the person, whether male or female, hardly allows them to reproduce without sperm or ovaries....   [tags: homosexuality, adoption, marriage, family]
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Same-Sex Marriage Should be Legalized -      The goal of most people in life is to be happy. There are two major fronts to their happiness, their jobs and their love lives. While education may be the key to securing that perfect job, there is no formula for finding the perfect mate, especially for gays. Furthermore, once gays find their partners for life, the law does not recognize their marriage, denying homosexual spouses the benefits that heterosexual spouses have enjoyed for centuries. The roots of this debate lie in the soil of discrimination....   [tags: Gay and Lesbian Issues]
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Same-sex Marriage Should be Legal - Same-sex Marriage Should be Legal   "I do." These two simple words have the power change lives in an instant. For most people, the phrase conjures up images of a man and a woman being joined in marriage. But for gays and lesbians, having the chance to legally say "I do" is a far-off dream, not a reality. In many European countries, marriages between same-sex couples are federally recognized, but unions of American homosexuals still go unrecognized by the United States government. Same-sex marriages deserve to be legalized in this country....   [tags: Gay Lesbian Issues]
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Outcomes for Children of Gay and Lesbian Parents - Children of gay and lesbian parents have the same potential as other children despite living in a nontraditional household, a growing trend in America. Same-sex parented families face many struggles such as discrimination based on sexual orientation of the parents. Individuals who do not support same-sex marriage or same-sex parenting believe that the child will not be raised in a stable household. Multiple studies have confirmed that a parent’s sexual orientation does not heavily influence a child’s performance in school or their social behavior....   [tags: Same-Sex Marriage Essays, nontraditional family]
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Gay Rights in the Fire Department - ... The Hawaii state legislature soon amended the constitution to overrule the Court. This began the national debate over same-sex marriage--and the pandering efforts of many state legislatures to ban it. Even President Clinton got in on the act, signing the anti-gay Defense of Marriage Act in 1996 to prevent any future hypothetical same-sex married couples from receiving federal benefits. Holliday 4 Bill Clinton is often remembered in the LGBT activism community for his support of a ban on lesbians and gay men in the military and his decision to sign the Defense of Marriage Act, he also had a positive contribution to offer....   [tags: Gay Rights Essays, Human Rights]
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Gay Adoption Should be Legalized - Gay adoption by legal couples has become a rising controversy in the past decade, affecting the lives of many children and families. Most states allow gays and lesbians to individually adopt but do not allow them adoption as a legally recognized couple. In 1976, the American Psychological Association declared that “the sex, gender identity, or sexual… orientation of natural, or prospective adoptive or foster parents should not be the sole or primary variable considered in custody or placement cases.” Historically, the benefits of gay adoption have been recognized, but have not yet been legalized....   [tags: Homosexual Couple Adoption, Gay Parenting]
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Same-Sex Marriage Should Be Legalized - According to the Human Rights Campaign, the 2000 Census reported 3.1 million people in the United States of America were living in same sex relationships. These citizens reside in 99.3 percent of the counties across the nation and it is estimated that between 1 and 9 million children are being raised by gay, bisexual or lesbian parents (Human Rights Campaign). These individuals are American citizens protected by the United States Constitution. Article 14.1 of the United States Constitution entitles all citizens equal protection under the law and forbids states from enacting laws which deny citizens’ rights....   [tags: gay rights, argumentative, persuasive] 1225 words
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We Need Same-sex Marriage Now - We Need Same-sex Marriage Now Known to some people as a lifetime commitment of devotion, to others a promise to reside with a stranger, and even to some people as a union arranged by their parents, marriage is a widely varying ritual practiced all over the world. In the United States, marriage is a freedom of choice and an act of love, supported with benefits and privileges from the government. It has traditionally been the union of a woman and a man, made with the expectation of permanence and the aim of producing and raising offspring....   [tags: Gay and Lesbian Issues]
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1990s Gay Culture - ... Within the scene sequence of the parents arriving, but before that Simon, Wei-Wei, and Wei-Tung had to redesign the house and make preparations in put on a façade for the parents. Wei-Tung’s struggle to hide the cruel fact for his parents by “coming out to family of [heterosexuality] is important for lesbian and gay men’s mental health and couple relationships.” (Green) Throughout the film the narrative plot and structure revolves and we can slowly see the mental breakdown Wei-Tung has with the relationship with his partner Simon, Wei-Wei and his parents....   [tags: same-sex marriage essays]
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The LGBT Community and the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) - As of 2015, the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community continues to struggle for equal rights held by their straight counterparts. Socially, LGBT persons are subject to discrimination, hate crimes, and stigma, while legally, LGBT persons encounter obstacles that preclude them from basic rights afforded to every other subculture in America. One of the most divisive issues related to LGBT rights has been same-sex marriage, which has been creating conflict both politically and socially dating back to the 1970’s (Finnis, 1997)....   [tags: lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender]
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Defining Marriage - The purpose of this essay is to analyze fastidiously and personalize Warner’s Beyond Gay Marriage article. Three convergent points of Warner’s argument will be broken down, and examined. First, the concept that marriage consecrates some pairs at the cost of others. Second the question of why marriage has become such a prevalent organization in gay politics. Finally, the definition of marriage in public, private, and state terms. Marriage is far beyond what it has been previously defined in history....   [tags: Marriage] 1891 words
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Same Sex Marriage - Same sex marriage is already taboo, but same sex couples raising children is mostly not considered acceptable by the public because of the misconception that they are not qualified to bring up children in accordance with proper social values. The public is not certain if children will receive proper education about society and behavior to fit in as responsible members. However, several recent movements, such as Feminism and Post-modernism, argue about equal rights for everybody. Feminism is mainly concerned about the equality of men and women in society while Post-modernism is mainly concerned with ending all forms of discrimination in society....   [tags: Ethical Issues, Lesbian or Gay Parents] 2202 words
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The Spark That Lit the Gay Rights Movement - As New York City was waking up on Saturday, June 28, 1969, the New York City police raided the Stonewall Inn, a popular gay bar in Greenwich Village. The raid led to riots and protests that lasted several days. Such police harassment was hardly uncommon at the time, but this particular raid proved to be the last straw. What could have been a quickly forgotten brawl instead became “the beginning of the modern struggle for gay civil rights” (Teal). The Stonewall Riots pushed the gay rights movement to the forefront of hot-button topics in the United States, where it has remained ever since (Teal)....   [tags: gay rights, stonewall riots, same sex couples]
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Liberty and Justice for All: The Pursuit for Gay Rights - Historically defined as the union between a man and women the idea of marriage has been socially ingrained into the minds of Americans leaving any other possibilities of who love can happen between as unacceptable. These strong societal beliefs are far from the truth yet dictate the ability of homosexuals rights to marry one another. Avoiding defining what marriage entails in the constitution, the issue of whether or not gay people have the right to marry has become a state issue. The conservative idea of marriage is changing as society is undergoing a transformation in its beliefs to a more liberal stance....   [tags: gay rights, same sex]
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The Importance of Marriage, Heterosexual and Homosexual - As a society, somewhere we have lost the importance of marriage. It seems that we have forgotten how important a marriage is not only to our families, but also to our communities. We are depriving our children and our communities of the structure, and stability that they desperately need by choosing to live together, and start families without marrying. We are also doing this by denying some members of our community the right to have a healthy marriage at all. Our children are being denied the sustenance they need to develop healthy relationships of their own....   [tags: marriage, Homosexuality, psychology,] 1201 words
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The Sanctity of Marriage: Equality for All - ... Likewise, Charles Colson once said, “we have badly served the institution of marriage is not a reflection on the institution itself; it is a reflection on us.” Maybe by allowing couples of the same sex to marry, they can teach all of us just how sacred and breathtaking marriage should be. The purpose of a marriage is to unite couples and bring life into the world. However, those of the same sex are unable to conceive a child together. Additionally, when a child is adopted by a couple of the same sex, then they will grow up without either a father, or a mother....   [tags: gays, marriage, treated, debate]
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Same-Sex Marriage - Same-Sex Marriage Many people believe that marriage is an integral part of their lives. Currently, marriage is defined within the parameters of a partnership of one man and one woman. Under Canadian common law, a same-sex couple cannot get married and the government refuses to acknowledge homosexuals as equals. Prohibiting same-sex marriages in legislation is discrimination. Denying homosexuals the ability to form this bond violates freedom of expression, equality rights for minorities, and freedom of religion, provisions present in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms....   [tags: Homosexual Gay Lesbian Papers]
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God Hates Same Sex Marriage - Marriage is a precious gift given from the good lord up above. Marriage is a privilege that should be allowed to only a man and a woman. In the bible there are many scriptures that back up my opinion on marriage, and none of the scriptures say same sex marriage is okay. In this modern day and age people are altering the definition of marriage. People are trying to add between a man and a man or between a woman and a woman. The importance of my topic is to keep the original definition of marriage which is, a union between a woman and a man where they become husband and wife....   [tags: Definition of Marriage]
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Should Gay Marriages Be Legalized - ... While in America, people treat homosexuals differently. Although some Americans may discriminate against homosexuals, most Americans can and do accept homosexuals. The ethical question the American people are faced with today is “Should Gay Marriages be Legal?” Some states have allowed homosexuals to get married. California, Connecticut and Delaware, just to name a few are among 17 states that allow same-sex marriages. Florida, Georgia and Alabama are some of the states that have banned same-sex marriages....   [tags: Homosexuality, Marriages, Society, Legal]
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Recognition of Same Sex Marriage - Oliver and Erik were born and raised in a small town in Denmark. Friends since grade school, Oliver and Erik did everything together and continued to remain extremely close throughout high school and college. Oliver and Erik decided to profess their love for each other and began a relationship. As their relationship progressed, Oliver and Erik wanted to take the next step. Denmark has allowed same-sex civil unions since the 1980s, but same-sex marriage was illegal; although couples engaged in same-sex civil unions received nearly all of the same benefits and obligations of opposite-sex marriages....   [tags: Marriage, Laws, Legality, Homosexuals]
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The Debate Regarding Same Sex Marriage - The definition of marriage varies according to different cultures, but when defined broadly, marriage is considered to be an institution common to all human cultures. In terms of legal recognition, most sovereign states limit marriage to male and female couples (two persons of opposite gender). Nowadays a growing number of countries (about 15) have established a legal recognition for same-sex marriage. While few societies have recognized same-sex unions as marriages there is a long history of same-sex unions around the world....   [tags: gay rights, natural laws of the universe] 2601 words
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America Needs Same-sex Marriage - On May 7, 2011, a young man named Tom Bridegroom fell to his death from a rooftop, leaving behind his devastated partner of six years, Shane Bitney Crone. Tom’s family had never accepted his relationship with Shane; in fact, members of Tom’s family attacked and threatened him when he told them he was gay. Because Shane and Tom could not legally marry, Shane was not entitled to any information regarding Tom’s death, memorial service, or burial arrangements (Crone). Tom’s family was able to move Tom’s body without notifying Shane, to keep Shane away from the memorial service, and to remove from Tom and Shane’s shared home any personal belongings that Tom’s family determined had belonged to Tom...   [tags: Homosexual Marriage]
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The Federal Marriage Arrangement - In the United States there are approximately 593,324 unmarried same-sex couples. Of those couples, 287,687 are unmarried male-to-male couples, while 305,637 are unmarried female-to-female couples. A homosexual is someone who prefers his or her significant other to be of the same sex. Same-sex marriage has been legalized in a number of countries around the world including Belgium, Canada, the Netherlands, Norway, South Africa, Spain, Portugal, and Sweden. Legalization of same-sex marriages in these countries led other nations to be more accepting towards homosexual couples by giving them the same rights as heterosexual couples....   [tags: legalization of same-sex marriage] 1963 words
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Same Sex Marriage and Politics in the U.S. - Recently, Same Sex Marriage has become a major issue in the United States. There are variations in opinions concerning the topic. The main concern is should same sex marriage be allowed or declared unconstitutional. Plenty of conservatives are completely against gay marriage and many of liberals are fighting for equal treatment. Many controversies and arguments have developed from this issue. There are many reasons why gay marriage should be legal or illegal. The people who oppose same sex marriage or also known as gay marriage are mostly conservatives....   [tags: homosexual Marriage, argumentative, persuasive] 793 words
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Homosexuals' Right to Marriage - Since the beginning of time, our country has struggled with equal rights issues in one way or another. Whether those issues were women’s rights, segregation of races, or more currently the equal rights of those whose sexual orientation is different from what is considered to be normal by the vast majority of the population. However, the reality is that all people deserve to be treated equally. This country was founded on the idea of individuals being equal and because of this we should all, who call this great nation home have the same rights....   [tags: Same Sex Marriage]
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Overivew of the Same Sex Marriage Debate - Overivew of the Same Sex Marriage Debate In today's rapidly growing society, current social issues and family morals are constantly changing the dynamics and aspects of individuals. One constant issue that has been a topic of discussion in the last decade has been marriage of the same sex. There are many people who support this idea, as well as people are against the concept. Same-sex marriage has been an issue today. Some people argue that the Constitution of marriage is intended to bond one male and one female, that the definition of marriage makes the same-sex marriage improper because same sex marriage keeps children from learning proper roles....   [tags: Marriage Equality, Homosexuality]
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The History of and Issues surrounding the Same-Sex Marriage Debate - Same-sex marriage is one of the leading political topics in the United States today. There is an ongoing dispute pertaining to the legalization of same-sex marriages. America has shifted its head to focusing on supporting same-sex marriage or not. Many are for and against this topic but there has been no settlement for it yet. Homosexuals want to marry for the same reason that heterosexuals have and there should be no reason why they are not allowed to. There is some history behind this topic but there has yet to be a solution....   [tags: Same-sex marriage, homosexuality, USA, ] 1898 words
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Defense of Traditional Marriage by Ryan T. Anderson - Ryan T. Anderson discusses the legal status of same-sex relationships in his article “In defense of traditional marriage” (2013). He contends that marriage is defined historically, socially and legally as existing between a man and a woman and should remain so defined for the benefit of society. Anderson is correct in his historical interpretation of marriage; yet present day usage would imply that the definition of marriage is undergoing a social change which should be reflected in the law. The premises Anderson puts forth are not new....   [tags: same-sex marriage, dual-sex couples]
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Uganda's Anti-gay Laws - There has been an increase of gays all over the world in the last few generations. Some countries have become accepting to it, but others are not having any of it and Uganda, a country in East Africa, is one of them. Uganda has passed severe laws for an anti-gay country. Some laws as severe as life in prison or death sentence. The U.S. should step in and act as an International police force before things get too out of hand because nobody should be put to death or spend lifetime in prison for being who they are....   [tags: Anti-gay Laws]
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Gay Marrage And Its Constitutionality - Gay Marriage and Its Constitutionality The problem with the issue of gay marriage is being faced across the country. This issue has grown in popularity as we have progressed through our stages of taboo to acceptance of gays and their lifestyle. The media and remodels have expressed their acceptance of the issue by exploring the lifestyle and publicizing it. Now California has moved to the forefront of modern attempts to eliminate the codified restrictions on their life. With a high gay population and being one of the most populated states California has been the foreground for the step to make gay marriage deemed unconstitutional....   [tags: Political Science] 1405 words
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Exploring the Implications, the Outcry and the Outcome of Marriage in Bharati Mukherjee’s Miss New India - ... (7) Anjali explains her about her sister’s arranged marriage which fails and Sonali, a divorcee, lives as a single mother with her four years daughter (Piyali) in Patna working as a secretary in an office: The bridegroom was discovered too late, to be a heavy drinker and philanderer. But when Sonali has finally got up her nerve to institute divorce proceedings, their father turned against her for wreaking on the Bose family, the public shame of divorce... A divorced single mother supporting herself and her four year daughter by working long days as an office typist....   [tags: issues of marriage in a typical indian fmaily]
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Marriage and Weddings - ... So perhaps these unhappy cohabitating couples are not meant to last. This ‘trial period’ could prevent an unsavory divorce for many. In less modern times, cohabitating was not an option because it was frowned upon in society. This lead to many unhappy marriages with unrealistic expectations due to gender roles during these times. Obviously anyone would absolutely love for someone to cook for them, clean their house, and take care of their children, but not everyone wants to do these tasks. (Brady, 803) Expectations are a big reason that some marriages fail....   [tags: Marriage, Divorce, Married Couples, Single Parents]
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Marriage Inequality: The Right to Marry - Marriage is defined as “(1) the state of being united to a person of the opposite sex as husband or wife in a consensual and contractual relationship recognized by law (2): the state of being united to a person of the same sex in a relationship like that of a traditional marriage ("Marriage," 2003, p. 659). Despite the latter definition’s addition to dictionaries in the past decade, this definition of marriage is still debated. Being a touchy subject in both politics and religion today, it’s been very hard to come to an agreement....   [tags: homosexual,same sex marriage,lgbt community]
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Arguments for Legalizing Gay Marriages - Homosexual Marriage Since 1971 when the first same sex couple Richard John Baker and James Michael McConnell applied for a marriage license and were denied in the Baker vs. Nelson ruling, America has been forced to debate whether homosexuals should be allowed to be married even though they are not the classical definition of a couple. There are many opinions about this subject from government officials, religious leaders and even the president of the United States. Homosexuals should be allowed to be married because they need to be treated fairly and equally....   [tags: argumentative, persuasive] 720 words
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Gay Rights in the United States - United States is known to be one of the free countries in the world, and other nations look at it with awe and aspiration. America is a nation with multi – cultural backgrounds, and people with different identities and personalities. However, if two men or women walking on the street gradually start kissing each other or showing affection with the same sex, others would look at them with disgust. Even being an extremely modern country, homosexuality is looked down upon with much intolerance. Is there something wrong with what those people just did....   [tags: freedom, culture, intolerance, homosexuality]
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The Issue of Gay Rights in America - INTRODUCTION Is it religious reasoning or personal disgust. Whatever it is, the issue of gay rights seems to stir controversy no matter where the topic arises. As American people we are all taught, that each individual is granted a set of rights, in which no government can take away. Through the centuries many of our ancestors have fought and died for theses rights. From the Battle of Lexington to the desert mountain ranges of Iraq, our country men and women spilt blood for this interpretation of what we call American Freedom....   [tags: controversial topics] 2405 words
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