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Fight for the LGBT Community Rights - The fight for gay rights escalated to a debate between Separation of Church and State. This doctrine was created in the United States Supreme Court in 1947. This doctrine prohibits any federal, state, or local government preference or support for religion. This doctrine exists because of the first amendment of the Bill of Rights which basically states that there should not be a national church. You are free to exercise and express your religion, freedom of speech, and you can gather and petition the federal United States government (U.S.)....   [tags: gay rights, same sex marriage, lgbt]
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Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Issues - Vermont’s Permission of Same-sex Marriage - The Irrationality of Vermont’s Permission of Gay Marriage This essay explains the rationale behind the Vermont decision - and its effect upon conservative groups especially. In December of 1999, the Supreme Court of Vermont decided that it was, on balance, a violation of the Constitution of Vermont to withhold from couples of the same sex the benefits that flow to married couples. But the court did not think it proven that the laws on marriage had been animated by any intention to discriminate against women, lesbians, and gays in the way that other laws, in the past, had discriminated against blacks....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics] 1554 words
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Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Issues - Same-Sex Marriage and the Destruction of American Culture - Same-Sex Marriage and the Destruction of American Culture       The late 20th century disintegration of marriage is epoch-defining and hazardous to moral health. The question of legally recognizing same-sex marriage - thrust upon us by recent court decisions - culminates this disintegration.   There are many reasons why the ills of marriage are so pivotal. Marriage is the principle of sexual morality. Immoral sexual acts are often wrong for other reasons, too, such as the injustice of imposing oneself sexually upon another without consent....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Essays]
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Analysis of Indiana Amendment Called HJR-3 - In Indiana an amendment called HJR-3 that would alter Indiana constitution to define same-sex marriage and that could affect hundreds of people is trying to be passed. Indiana Constitution can either choose to table or vote down this amendment. The Indiana House Judiciary Committee delayed the vote on HJR-3 on January 13, 2014 after listening for more than 3 hours of testimonies from both sides. Indiana congress should not pass HJR-3. If HJR-3 passes, it can do harm to our state of Indiana, our economy and our communities if it is written in our constitution....   [tags: same sex marriage, hjr 3, gay couples]
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Equal Rights for Gays and Lesbians - Equal Rights for Gays and Lesbians If the constitution promises equality before the law, what justification can there be for clearing rights to any member of society. More specifically what justification can there be for clearing rights to gays and lesbians. Lots of questions come to mind when the topic of gays and lesbians having equal rights as any other citizen in society would have. Should gays and lesbians have equal employment opportunities. Should they have the right to adopt a child, and should they have the right to marry their own sex partner....   [tags: Persuasive, Gay Marriage, Legal Issues, Political] 320 words
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Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Issues - Homosexuals Should be Allowed Same-Sex Marriage - Free Argumentative Essays - Homosexuals Should be Allowed to Marry A gay California man, whose partner died in the September 11 terrorist attacks has become "legally vulnerable in ways (he) could never imagine"(Urges 1). Keith Brodowski lost his life partner, Jeff Coleman, to American Airlines flight 11, which was the first plane to hit the World Trade Center. Coleman was a flight attendant. Brodowski is now battling the state and the nation for survivors' benefits, granted to the widows of those who died....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Essays] 706 words
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Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Issues - Same-sex Marriage, Two Moms or Two Dads - Two Moms or Two Dads   Over the pas couple of decades American society has undergone some vast changes. The concept of the family has been greatly altered. No longer is such emphasis put on the "traditional" family. A majority of children are being raised in single parent households. Single parent adoption rights have been granted. Now an entirely new sort of family is being disputed. Should gays and lesbians be granted the right to adopt a child. Today's view of gays and lesbians is drastically differen t than it was in the past....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Essays] 1730 words
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The Fight for Gay Rights - ... When one of them fell ill his partner was not allowed to stay and comfort him. They forced his spouse to leave his side once visiting hours were over because they were not technically married, and there are many more recorded cases of such travesties. Also when one member in a married couple is dying their husband or wife has the power of attorney, which states that they have the power to make medical decisions for that loved one. If a couple, however, is united in a civil union they often must prove their relation to their ill partner before being allowed to make any decisions at all....   [tags: same sex marriage]
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In Pro of Same-Sex Marriage - Homosexual couples have had to endure much due to them not only being a minority, but also being declared illegal. I believe that homosexual marriage should be legal in Georgia. To delve into an issue as divisive as this, understanding why it is illegal in the first place is in order. In 1996 the United States Congress passed DOMA, the Defense of Marriage Act, into law. This law was made in order to define what marriage means when writing laws. The Defense of Marriage Act states “… The word “marriage” means only a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife, and the word “spouse” refers only to a person of the opposite sex who is a husband or a wife” (1 USC 7)....   [tags: gay rights]
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Gay Families are Still Families - ... I have found several portals to information regarding same-sex marriage, and will be utilizing these as a method to uncover more anecdotal and statistical information that relates to my topic. These sources will allow my point/counterpoint to have a much broader range than if I were to rely on direct field research, as they will allow me to cover a diverse spectrum of cases and demographics. While my base might be broader if I were to include blog posts of personal experience, I feel that these may not hold up to scrutiny from a legal standpoint and might also suffer from unreliable narrators....   [tags: Same-Sex Marriage Essays]
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Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Issues - Response to the Far Right Concerning Same-Sex Marriage - A Response to the Far Right Concerning Gay Marriage Mr. Far Right has claimed that neither the Constitution nor the Bill of Rights mentions the right of homosexual couples to marry. I think that it would be safe to say that a homosexual couple who wishes to marry is seeking their own definition of happiness. Did Mr. Far Right conveniently skip over the part about "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" that is the very spirit of both these documents. "Mankind are greater gainers by suffering each other to live as seems good to themselves than by compelling each to live as seems good to the rest" --On Liberty, John Stuart Mill Next, Mr....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics] 1209 words
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A Case for Same-Sex Marriage - Equal Rights for All What is marriage. Recently, people argue with respect to the definition of marriage. The definition of the word marriage is a topic that often comes up when discussing same-sex marriages. To get married is a very important event for almost everyone. Many people believe that getting married to the one whom he or she loves is natural. However, what do you think if you cannot get married to him or her because it is socially unacceptable. There are numerous opinions and standing views on same-sex marriage....   [tags: gay rights]
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Gay Community Rights and Respinsiblities - ... These states, in a percentage of the public’s eyes need to change. In their eyes these states deny LGBT people civil rights. The right to marry is a civil right. Since the gay rights battle has been around, there has been a fight for anti-discrimination laws for the LGBT community. Just as any other community, they need protection from discrimination based on sexual orientation. If the LGBT community can’t have housing and job security, then no community should. Everybody needs housing security....   [tags: society, marriage, housing, security, job] 1386 words
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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 - Gay Rights Gay people are criticized in many ways by many people depending on where there live and where they come from. “But same sex marriage is a reality; it’s here to stay and it will eventually become the law of the land”, said Sue Hyde (Hyde). We have come a long way since the first state legalized same-sex marriage; however; we still have a long ways to go (SV; conj. adv. SV). The Gay Rights Movement has been growing a lot lately, but that doesn’t mean gay couples have equal rights. The Gay Rights Movement has been a big focus since the 1990s (The American Gay Rights Movement)....   [tags: gay rights, LGBT]
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The Legalization of Same Sex Marriage - ... This is a large step closer to having same-sex marriage legalized in the United States, for the fact that twenty three point nine percent of America is Catholic. (PewResearch) Despite the small percentage of Jewish people in the United States, with it being one point seven percent, it is still a flourishing religion that would help the legalization of same-sex marriage. Jewish people have similar views as Catholics when it comes to same-sex marriage. The Rabbis do not allow them to get married in temple, but still support them outside of the temple....   [tags: gay rights in the United States] 1610 words
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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 - Same-sex marriage is a marriage between two people of the same gender. Being born into a more liberal generation, I was taught that anyone should be entitled to be with whom they want to. It is only obvious that I am strongly in favor of same-sex marriages to be legal. I am a strong believer for equality and people’s rights. Gay couples should have access to the same benefits that heterosexual couples do and prohibiting gay marriage is unconstitutional discrimination. Same-sex couples should be allowed to publicly celebrate their commitment in the same way heterosexual couples do....   [tags: gay, discriminiation, relationships] 558 words
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Same Sex Marriage - I was about 7 years old when I was exposed to same sex couples. I had two really close friends in elementary school who has same sex parents, one of my friend’s name was Devin she had two dads and my other friend’s name was Tessa, she had two moms. When I would come over for playdates I always wondered why Devin didn’t have a mom and why Tessa didn’t have a dad, and thats when they told me their parents were homosexuals. At the age of 7 I didn’t understand what that meant until one day at school when Tessa was getting bullied because she had two moms and one of her moms came to father daughter day....   [tags: gay rights] 889 words
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Legalization of Same-Sex Marriage - ... First of all, yes, gay marriage does always deny a child either a father or a mother figure which is harmful to the child in many circumstances, such as when an orphan is raised by a foster parent, or when a child is raised by a single parent. According to The New York Times, children who grow up without a mother or mother figure in their lives can suffer long-term damage to his or her self-esteem, ability to relate to other people, overall feelings of security and ability to trust others. On the other hand, children who grow up without a father are sixty-three percent more likely to commit suicide [fathersunite.org]....   [tags: gay rights, homosexuality] 1041 words
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Legalization of Same-Sex Marriage - ... At the federal level, heterosexual married couples are entitled to over 1,000 financial breaks (Ehrenfeld). When filing federal taxes, they are able to file jointly and receive tax benefits. In addition they are able to receive compensation from Social Security upon injury or death of a spouse (Ehrenfeld). A lot of money is on the line. If same-sex unions or marriage are recognized in a state, same-sex couples are eligible for state benefits but not federal (Ehrenfled). This, in effect, saves the federal government a lot of money....   [tags: gay rights disputes] 1435 words
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Redefining Marriage in Our Country - ... Obviously, it is an unrealistic goal to have every child be looked after by their mother and father, as there are many single mothers and single fathers in today’s society. Unfortunate events happen which cause children to be separated from one or both of their parents, such as death, divorce, along with many other complications. However, these occasions do not intentionally cause children to be reared without a mother or a father. Legalizing gay marriage would cause society to accept raising children without a mother or a child....   [tags: gay, same-sex unions, equality] 1402 words
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Legalizing Same Sex Marriage - American society encounters many different forms of discrimination on a daily basis. There is age discrimination in which an underage minor will not be able to purchase alcoholic beverages or tobacco products. There is also racial discrimination where a black youth is denied a job in a labor union even though that is illegal. Then also another form is gender discrimination which a woman is paid less than that of a man for the same job. Yet a particularly unfair form is sexual discrimination which a same sex couple is not able to be married like a heterosexual couple....   [tags: discrimination, gay rights]
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Pros and Cons of Same-Sex Marriage - What is Marriage. According to Cornell University Law School, the definition of marriage is “The lawful union of a couple as spouses. The basic elements of a marriage are: (1) the parties' legal ability to marry each other, (2) mutual consent of the parties, and (3) a marriage contract as required by law.” This definition states that marriage is essentially a contract between two people. Nowhere in this definition does it state that the marriage has to be between a man and a woman. However, the Merriam-Webster dictionary definition of marriage is “(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 l...   [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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No Restrictions on Love: The Inhumane Treatment of Gay People - ... In addition, the judgment towards gays should be put to a stop because it is something you are born with and you cannot control it. As said in the song “Same Love”, by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, “ and I can not change, even if I tried, even if I wanted to (SameLove).” Being gay is not a choice. A person may find out they are gay at a random time, but it was always there, they just did not realize it. Many who are gay wish they were not because of how hurtful people are towards them. Being gay should not be a burden....   [tags: prejudice, rights, marriage]
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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 - In 1996, then Senate hopeful Barack Obama wrote “I favor legalizing same-sex marriages, and would fight efforts to prohibit such marriages” (Weinger). The timing of the statement could be directly related to then President Bill Clinton signing into law DOMA, or the Defense Against Marriage Act, initiated by Congress in a bold move that “prevented the federal government from recognizing any marriages between gay or lesbian couples for the purpose of federal laws or programs, even if those couples are considered legally married by their home state” (GLAAD)....   [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 - Over the last years the topic of same-sex marriage has been of great importance to our society. The idea of the same gender being lawfully married is disturbing to a group of people but in the recent years the number of supporters has increased. The cases that argue for the legalization of same-sex marriage are focusing on the relationship of the individuals and do not see anything in same-sex marriage that could harm our society as a whole. The article “How the President go to ‘I Do’ on Same-Sex Marriage,” published by Joe Becker in April 2014, explains how Barack Obama started saying that he was undecided about the subject matter but is now leaning toward the legalization of same-sex marri...   [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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Recognizing Same-Sex Marriage Legally in the United States - ... The main go of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender movement is the full acceptance of its people into society. (Williams) There is not one overall organization to represent all of the LGBT people but there are several groups who have helped to strengthen the movement. InterPride and International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission both help coordinate parades, magazines, documentaries, writing, and research to spread their culture around the world. To sway public opinion on gay rights movement, its community has been encouraged the coming out of its members to their friends and family....   [tags: gay rights in America] 1646 words
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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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Same-sex Marriage - ... Studies in 2010 have shown that children with lesbian mothers were rated higher than children of heterosexual parents in social and academic competence and had fewer social problems (Ezra Klein, 68). Except for the two people getting married, It shouldn’t involve anyone else, nor hurt anyone else in the process particular. The marriage is between two, it’s a personal commitment and should be no else’s business. This is what Jay Z had to say "What people do in their own homes is their business, and you can choose to love whoever you love....   [tags: legalization, gay marriages, LGBTQ]
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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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Taking a Look at Same-Sex Marriage - ... Do you have a boyfriend or girlfriend. Do you have a husband or wife. If the answer is yes, then do you suppose a gay man has a boyfriend; or a lesbian has a girlfriend. The answer is obviously yes. Same-sex couples are quickly becoming just as prominent as heterosexual couples. This may not seem so obvious but a consensual, adult seame-sex relationship is protected by the Constitution under the first amendment. It is apparent that having a relationship with another person is legal. Why then is it only legal for same-sex couples to marry....   [tags: gay rights] 925 words
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History of Homosexuality in the US and Same-Sex Marriage - The call on the Gay rights movement in America had every right to happen because it was and in some places still a form against their civil rights. There has been huge amounts of opinions and standing views of the idea concerning “Marriage Equality” or Gay Marriage. When it was first talk of the Term “Gay” during the 1920's and 1930's was kept on a hush until the first known organization called the Society for Human Rights based out in Chicago was started. It was established in form of a new idea presented into society and a very huge threat to the cultural norms of America....   [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 - Same-Sex Marriages Marriage is humanity’s version of love written in a legally binding document. Typically when you think of a happy marriage you envision a woman and man exchanging vows of eternal love and support in a church. However, as time has passed homosexuality that was once seen as a“curse” or “affliction” that needs to be driven out has waned by extreme measures, and gay couples’s petition for the right to marry and have their love recognized by the government. Coming from a family with two lesbian sisters and a strong heterosexual father who is a Christian; I’ve seen arguments from both sides and still find that same-sex marriages should be allowed....   [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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Against Same-Sex-Marriage - ... According to the article “Freedom From Homosexuality” by James Peron, “There is already evidence of at least a correlation between low birth rates and the legalization of same-sex “marriage.” At this writing, five U.S. states grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples. As of 2010, the last year for which complete data are available, four of those five states ranked within the bottom eight out of all fifty states in both birth rate and fertility rate.” Allowing marriage related benefits and aids to same sex couples are connected with low birth and even fertility rates....   [tags: gay rights, unnatural behaviors] 897 words
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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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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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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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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 - "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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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 - There are currently 16 states, including Washington D.C., which allow same-sex marriage. The very first being Massachusetts in 2003, but the initial concept of marriage was solely intended for opposite-sex marriage dating back nearly 60 years ago. When discussing the controversial topic of gay marriage, one should consider that if there is truly equality in the U.S. then gays should be treated in the same manner as those who are considered straight. There are many benefits allowed to those in a marriage, whether it deals with inheritance, or tax breaks....   [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 - Should Gay Marriages be Legalized. Homosexuality is a hot topic in the world today. We see it on the news, hear it on the radio and even read about it in the newspaper. I believe there will always be homosexuals as long as people live. For years society has looked down upon and condemned gays and lesbians. Even the Constitution of the United States forbids certain rights to homosexuals. For years homosexuals were not allowed to serve in the military unless they hid their sexuality. As I got older and came in contact with homosexuals and have friends and family members that are open about their sexuality, I sometimes question my beliefs, because most of the homosexuals I know personally have...   [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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