Gay Marriage Debate Essay

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Gay marriage has been the topic of debate for many decades. People are opposed to gay marriage because their religion is against it, and others think that same sex marriage is wrong because the couples cannot necessarily reproduce. Those who support gay marriage believe everyone should have the right to do what makes them happy and marry who they please.
Gay marriage was not a popular discussion until 1970; a gay couple went to the Hennepin County District Court in Minnesota and requested a marriage license, but it was denied. The court said that the couple could not marry because they were both men. Even when the couple pointed out that Minnesota had no marriage laws mentioning gender, the court stuck with its decision (“Gay Marriage Timeline”, 2014). Gay marriage had been brought to the United States’ attention and the states started taking action. In 1973, Maryland was the first state to legally ban same sex marriage. This did not stop gay couples, though. In 1987 there was the first mass gay-marriage ceremony in Washington D.C., and in 1989 same sex couples were considered families by the Supreme Court (“Gay Marriage
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Gay couples are unable to reproduce, and some of those opposed to gay marriage think that homosexual couples are unfit to raise children. Same sex marriage is also not supported by all religious documents; many religious texts see homosexuality as immoral and as an unnatural sin (Wakefield, 2012). Gay marriage is thought to be shameful by the Bible, but many liberal Rabbis believe that gay and lesbian people deserve respect and recognition because they were created in the image of God (“Gay Marriage Timeline”, 2014). Just as people see same sex marriage as unnatural, some see it as untraditional, too (Wakefield, 2012). Marriage, up until now, has always been one woman and one man; those who oppose gay marriage believe that this tradition should be

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