Keith O’Brien once said, “Same-sex marriage wouldeliminate entirely in law the basic idea of a mother and a father for everychild. It would create a society which deliberately chooses to deprive a childof either a mother or a father” (O’Brien). O’Brien implies that if there’ssame-sex marriage it would eliminate a mother and father for every child. Every child should have a mother and fatherthat way they do not get teased or bullied in their lives. Same-sex marriage defines as gay marriage,marriage among people of the same sex, either as an earthly civil ceremonial orin a religious venue. Most cultures,families, and religions have set marriage to be a union of one man and onewoman.
This is the way it is meant to befor everyone. When being in a same-sexmarriage, it comes with lots of strings attached. Such as getting steers, bullied or even hatefor it. Additionally, we do not want our children to be exposed to recognizingsame-sex couples demonstrating their love out in public so everyone can see. It is disrespectful and not pleasant to lookat.
There are diverse perspectives onsame-sex marriage is, for example, Jonathan Rauch states that “America’sproblem is not too many marriages, it’s too few.” This means that it does notmatter if your same sex or not there are few marriages happening. In addition, Rick Santorum states, “Whatsociety should be about is encouraging what is best for children.
” This meansour children are going to learn from stuff like same-sex marriage and we needto do our best to set a good example for them. Through research, I will discussmy findings on the statistics on this issue, the pros and cons and of coursehow the community and the church reacted to this new law that equalizessame-sex marriage. Allowing same-sex marriages would change the basicdefinition of marriage.
Marriage is an substantialcommitment of a man and a woman who contributed to civilization. Therefore, the loss of contributions due tosomeone’s sexual orientation should be unrewarded with a privilege likemarriage. Same-sex-marriage is when two peopleof the same gender get married. Manypeople did not approve of two people of the same sex to be married, thegovernment made laws to not let people of the same sex getting married. Charles P. Kindregan argues that “When theMassachusetts court declared a stateconstitutional right for same-sex marriage in 2003 and same-sex couples beganto marry in 2004, a historic milestone was reached in American family law.
This was the historical moment” (1-2). This is how same-sex-marriage start to happenin two thousand and three, where people that are of the same sex and in arelationship, declare they want to get married just like a man and a womanwould. Over the years, all stateschanged their law for the same-sex-marriage making it legal. Same-sex marriage gets priority adoption, arethe victim of hate crimes having a target on their back and are emotionalproblems as well as mental health issues. Over the years, U.S. political systemhas done a lot about same-sex marriage.
For example, on May 17, 2004, Massachusetts isthe first U.S. state to enact same-sex marriage succeeding the Supreme JudicialCourt’s decision in Goodridge department of public health. Just like in Hawaii decision, thecertification of same-sex marriage in Massachusetts caused a reaction fromantagonists of same-sex marriage that resulted in more rightful limits beinginscribed into state bills and constitutions. The movement to gain marriage rights forsame-sex couples increased gradually from that period until in late 2014lawsuits had remained brought in all states that quietly rejected marriagecertifications to same-sex pairs. Back then in 1996, the U.S.
made alaw called the Defense of Marriage act where it means marriage for federalpoints as the combination of one man and one woman and permitted the states torefuse to accept same-sex marriages arranged under the laws of other states. This law was in introduced on May 7, 1996, tothe house then it committee on to the Judiciary. After that it passes the house on July 12,1996, then it passes the Senate on September 10, 1996.
The article, “The Institution of Marriage:Terminable or Interminable?” by Karasu, Sylvia R states, “It was in 1996 thatPresident Clinton signed into law the Defense of Marriage Act (D.O.M.A.
), whichdeclared that marriage is between a man and a woman and, most importantly,determined for the first time, no state had to recognize the marriage laws ofanother state. Advocates for same-sexmarried call D.O.M.A.
the denial of marriage act” (Sylvia, 2001, p .7-8). The U.S. political system has acted onsame-sex marriage by creating laws to avoid them from happening. The U.S.
Supreme Court act to bring down section threefrom the Defense of Marriage Act which stopped the federal government fromacknowledging any marriages between lesbian or gay couples to federal laws orprograms, even if those couples are well-thought-of legally married by theirhome state. The other important sectionof DOMA makes it so that single states do not legally have to recognize therelationships of lesbian and gay pairs who were married in another state. Justthe section that exchanged with federal gratitude was reigned unconstitutional. In the article, “Background of the IssueShould Gay Marriage Be Legal?” It states, “On Apr. 28, 2015, the USSupreme Court heard oral arguments in Obergefell v. Hodges over whether or notgay marriage is a right guaranteed by the US Constitution, and whether or notgay marriages performed in states where it has been legalized must berecognized in states which ban the practice” (ProCon.
Org). After the U.S. Supreme Court heard thatargument they ruled same-sex marriage is a right protected by the U.S.constitution in all the United States. As of today, the President DonaldTrump can’t do anything about same-sex marriage. In the could engage additional moderatejustices.
Even if he could do, that isvery small chance the court would make it happen because same-sex marriage hasprogressively increased in society approval. One thing that Present DonaldTrump could do is inverse several Obama executive decisions that privilegedsame-sex pairs on problems such as federal benefits but lately he has notproposed he would. Although if he acted,his judgments could be disputed in the law court. One group that is very well known isthe LGBT. The LGBT stands for lesbian,gay, bisexual, and transgender. The LGBTis a Community that would strongly disagree with my saying because they thinkthere should be fairness between marriages.
The LGBT believes, anyone should have theright to marry and love regardless of. Asof now they still protest around the states and trying in other countries. In other countries like Australia, England andChina have no rights at all. In the article, “LGBT Rights Around The World”states that 45% of LGBT in England has to be harassed about their sexuality andabout 48% gay workers haven’t say anything about being gay” (LGBT right aroundthe world). This shows how LGBT are operatingaround the world and being much more harassed in other countries in here in theUnited States. Many LGBT people in otherstates are afraid to say what sexuality they really are. In the article, “Same-Sex Marriage Strengthensthe Institution of Marriage” by John Gustav-Wrathall.
He states, “Marriage is about love, family,and commitment—for everyone. If we lookat the specifics of how marriage strengthens and protects loving commitmentsand provides a more secure framework for home and family, we’ll see how and whyextending the social recognition and the legal protections of marriage tosame-sex couples strengthens everyone’s families.” This shows that same-sex marriage is aboutlove and family, it does not matter if you are of a different sexuality. In the end, all that matters is the love yougot from the partner and your family. That’swhat the LGBT believe as well to show people everyone should be treatedequally.
For many years and in many countriessame-sex marriage was ignored not tolerated by many. It took a few years andafter many debates, Spain legalized same-sex marriage on July 03, 2005. Aftermany years under the governmental control of Gen. Francisco Franco and theRoman Catholic Church who so quickly put the ban on gay marriage. Once the Prime Minister Jose Luis RodriguezZapatero became the leader of the nation’s socialist party he immediately beganthe campaign for this world-wide issue.
In our society adopting is verystrict with a man and woman relationship, but in same-sex marriage, they getpriority to adoption. They get priorityadoptions for plausible reasons they are unable to procreate. This causes discomfort to the heterosexualcouples who are also trying to adopt a child because people will feel bad aboutthe same-sex couples because they cannot have their own child. The article, “Children in Same-Sex Marriages”by Solodnikov V. V.
and A. M. Chkanikova states, “Same-sex parents make use ofthe same tactics—very likely out of the best of intentions—when they have toarrange their children’s interaction with the outside world. Preference isgiven to association with children from same-sex families; the parents keepquiet about their propensities in school, when they take their child to apsychologist, and so on” (58-59). Thismeans that a child adopted by a same-sex married couple will mostpossibly to have it challengingon them. For instance, when going to school,kids will make fun of them or ask where’s your mom or dad? They will also saywhy do you have two moms or two dads? Making the child feeling uncomfortableand not knowing what to say because some kids will accept and understand butthe other kids would not. Same-sex marriages are more likely tohave a big target on their back. Meaningthat with them expressing their love or rights they are subject to beingtargets of criticism, hated, and potential danger.
The article, “Are Gay Marriage Opponents BeingBullied” by Tim Holbrook is about people targeting gay marriage by sayinghorrible stuff and people are getting violent. Holbrook states, “The lesbian, gay, bisexual,and transgender community has long had various epithets hurled against itsmembers. There are the well-known”f” and “d” words thrown at those perceived as gay orlesbian, respectively. And, of course,the line “that’s so gay,” which is meant to denigrate something orsomeone.” This shows that people arebeing disrespectful to same-sex marriage by cursing at them with hurtful words. Many Homophobic people in this world arecruel and cold- hearted. Homophobicpeople is hatred or fear or homosexuals and sometimes leading acts of violenceexpression hostility. There are manyhomophobic people that boycott for saying to the same-sex-marriage, which canlead to an act of violence and get arrested for it.
Marriage is an extremely spreadpractice within a wider society and has many moral issues attached to it. The article, “Effect of Same-Sex Marriage Lawson Health Care Use and Expenditures in Sexual Minority Men: A Quasi-NaturalExperiment” by Mark L. Hatzenbuehler is about a study of same-sex-marriage havingincreases in metal issues like anxiety. Hatzenbuehler said, “A prospectivestudy that used data from a nationally representative survey of US adults foundthat lesbian, gay, and bisexual respondents living in states that passedconstitutional amendments banning same-sex marriage during the 2004 electionshad significant increases in mood, anxiety, and substance disorders” (285). This shows the same-sex-marriage suffer fromemotional and mental issues. Forexample, same-sex-marriage couple’s health risk is enormously dangerous tothemselves and other also they suffer from depression, anxiety, and anger.
They can be happy and calm one minute and nextthing you know they are crying and they are sad. Same-sex-marriage is harmful tosociety because many people do not approve of it and it would make things muchworse like people cussing and creating violence. Same-sex-marriage can get you priority, as inthey could get children much faster than a man and woman. Same-sex-marriage could lead to peopleintimidating them and targeting them with disrespectful words. It could also lead to emotional and mentalhealth problems causing them to suffer from issues like depression, anxiety andanger. Marriage is a great thing thatcan happen to anyone meaning one man and one woman to join their livestogether.
This applies to any humanrace, religion or culture.