Same Sex Marriage
The controversial debate over whether same sex marriage should be legalized has gained a lot of attention in recent years and there are strong arguments for each side of the issue. There are many different factors that must be looked at when considering same sex marriage. A marriage is not something that is just slapped on a piece of paper to show a couples love, it involves legal, social, economic, and spiritual issues.
As of July 17, 2013, same sex marriage has been legalized in 13 US states and the District of Columbia. 35 states have same sex marriage bans through either bans or constitutional amendments (Gay Marriage). People argue that altering the â€œtraditional ...view middle of the document...
Justices threw out part of a law that denied hundreds of federal benefits to same sex couples and cleared the way for gays and lesbians to once again marry in California. At the same time, the court declined to make a sweeping statement on the broader issue of same sex marriage rights nationwide (CNN Politics).
America is a country founded on freedom and the idea that all people are created equal. Legalization of same sex marriage should most definitely not be determined by religious standards. A separate union not affiliated with religion but with the same rights of a married couple would solve this problem. This would not mean discrimination through government, but a discrimination through church allowing a non religious bond. Bonding between same sex couples would not be robbing marriage of its sanctity, but would allow them to commit to each other, provide a stable foundation for child raising, and be provided with the equal rights that they deserve.
State legislatures have been deeply involved in the public debates about how to define marriage and whether the official recognition of marriage should be limited to relationships involving one man and one woman or that same sex couples should also be entitled to marriage (Defining Marriage). Most states have adopted prohibitions of same sex marriage states have adopted civil unions available to both same sex and opposite sex couples. Two states have adopted broad domestic partnerships that grant all state level spousal rights to unmarried couples (Defining Marriage).
Legalizing same sex marriage is so important because Americans would like to live in a country that does not discriminate and allows all its people to live in equality. On June 26, 2013, the two Supreme Court rulings involving same sex marriage were a huge and gratifying victory in the long struggle to end government-sanctioned discrimination against gay and lesbian Americans (Victory Ruling). A lot of people believe that same sex marriages destroy family values and the sanctity of tradition.
The same sex marriage goes against many religious beliefs such as Catholicism and Islam. According to research, the quality of a family's relationship is more important than the particular structure of families. Two people of the same sex who love each other should be allowed to publicly celebrate their commitment and receive the same benefits of marriage as opposite sex couples. All lovers should be granted the final gift of marriage, because marriage is an absolute right of humans.
With California joining a dozen other states and the District of Columbia already in the marriage equality column, roughly 30 percent of Americans live in places where same-sex marriage is allowed (Victory Ruling). There are many miles yet to travel on this civil rights journey....