August 1, 2011
Same-sex marriages and unions are forbidden in most countries. However, many homosexual couples establish long-term relationships that are similar to marriage (Brown, 2011). Same-sex marriage is becoming more common. In the early 2000’s, the movement for gay marriage intensified in the United States and other countries (Hader-Markel, 2011). In 2004, same-sex marriage became legal in Massachusetts. A federal judge in California overturned the state’s ban of same-sex marriage on August 4, 2010, ruling it unconstitutional. Several other states have also legalized same sex-marriage in ...view middle of the document...
Marriage in Canada is defined as the “lawful union of two persons” (Gay Rights and Movements, 2005). This legalizes same-sex marriage throughout the country.
Opponents of gay rights question whether lesbians and gays have a legitimate claim to certain legal protections. They believe that rather than civil rights, gays and lesbians want “special rights”. Some argue that civil marriage owes its privileges to another and deeper union, which is the religious sacrament from which it borrows its clothes, and that this sacrament binds man and woman for life (Gay Marriage, 2007). Many who oppose gay rights believe that homosexuality is not a characteristic present at birth, but rather a personal choice (Hader-Markel, 2011).
Public sentiment is still very much opposed to same-sex marriage. Civil unions performed in some states are not recognized in other states. While same-sex marriages have occurred throughout history, they have been neither frequently practiced nor universally accepted (Mandell, 2010).
If a person loves someone of the same gender, and the other person feels the same, then there should not be an issue with same-sex marriage. The same commitments can be made in a homosexual relationship that can be made in a heterosexual relationship. Marriage should be defined as the “lawful union of two persons” as it is in Canada. Monogamy and familial stability are more important goals than maintaining marriage as a heterosexual institution (Rasmussen,...