Same Sex Marriages: The Defense Of Marriage Act

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Many individuals disagree with legalizing and recognizing same-sex marriages. The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMAs) argue that marriage is “solely between a man and a woman”. The argument to allow same-sex couples to marry has been a controversial and debatable subject although it should not be. All Americans regardless of sexual orientation should have the right to marry the one they love.
To some individuals, the purpose of marriage is solely to make and raise children. One popular argument from religious groups against gay marriage is the belief that any sexual contact between two (married) individuals should ultimately result in children. For this reason, many individuals give the reason to why gay couples shouldn’t marry. This reason being
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If these heterosexual couples are able to be legally recognized then the argument of being able to procreate, as a right to marriage, becomes void. Being childless should not be a reason for why gay couples aren’t given the right to marry. Marriage is about love not about offspring, or religion.
Additionally, devout religious followers seeking to ban gay marriage feel that same-sex marriage is morally and ethically wrong. Sean Cahill PH.D stated, “Gay and lesbians couples have been challenging their exclusion from marriage laws since 1971. However, it is only since the early 1990’s that gay marriage has emerged as an issue of national political issue” (Cahill). In Bishop John Shelby Spong view, “when the dust settles and the pages of history are written, it will not be the angry defenders of intolerance who have made the difference, that reward will go to those who dared to step outside the safety of their privacy in order to expose and rout the prevailing prejudice" (Spong). The quote points out that people should understand that homosexuals are no different than heterosexuals in that they
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According to Williams Institute, UCLA School of Law “Same-sex couples were slightly lower on average than divorce rates of different-sex couples. The percentage of those same-sex couples who end their legal relationship ranges from 0% to 1.8%, or 1.1% on average across all listed jurisdictions per year; while 2% of married opposite-sex couples divorce annually” (Badgett and Herman). In Massachusetts, one of the first states that allowed same-sex marriage; the Supreme Judicial Court once ruled that “It was unconstitutional to only allow heterosexual couples to marry” In this particular state, which has allowed same-sex marriage for almost twelve years now, has had the lowest divorce rate in the nation for many years thereafter. Admittedly, several anti-gay family activists who are against same-sex marriages agree that

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