Essay on Gay Marriage : The Legalization And Dispute

2381 Words Apr 24th, 2015 10 Pages
Gay Marriage: The Legalization and Dispute Marriage: the legally or formally recognized union of a man and a woman as partners in a relationship, (Merriam Webster). The legalization of gay marriage has been disputed for many years dating back to the mid 18th century. The LGBT community has been discriminated against for years by non supporters because same sex marriage or couples are seen as taboo. Many same sex couples have been denied the right to marry, because “marriage” is a religious union between two people of the opposite sex before God. Although same sex couples are given the right to “civil unions” and “domestic partnerships”, they are denied the right to marry, solely based on them being the same gender. Marriage is a basic human right for every individual, and same sex marriages should be legalized throughout the United States. In early years, same sex marriage was not condemned socially, but rather accepted, and even encouraged. In ancient Egyptian and Mesopotamian societies, there have been evidence of same sex couples and marriages recognized among the kingdoms. Also , in early Greek years, it was a sign of love and masculinity for two men to be a union. Same sex couples were not looked down upon, but actually seen as high as emperors. In the book Symposium written by Plato, he stated that same sex marriages and relationships were present without condemnation (Plato, 1989). “The main considerations in same-sex relationships in early history were often…

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