Same Sex Marriage Ethics Position Paper

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Same-Sex Marriage Ethics Position Paper
Same-sex marriage is a polarizing topic that provokes passionate responses from those supporting and opposing the issue. People who dispute gay marriage believe it is morally wrong, while gay rights activists believe that all marriages should be treated equally. This dispute is framed by a variety of cultural influences including morals, family values, religion; constitutionality and equality under the law. The first major law that affected same-sex marriage was the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). It was approved by Congress and signed into law by President Bill Clinton on September 21, 1996. DOMA defined that marriage was between a man and a woman at the federal level. It also gave states the right to reject recognition of same-sex marriages from other states. “DOMA mandates unequal treatment of legally married same-sex couples, selectively depriving them of the 1,138+ protections and responsibilities that marriage triggers at the federal level.” (“History and Timeline”) At the time DOMA was passed, no states permitted gays and lesbians to marry. On June 26, 2013, in Windsor v. United States, “Justice Anthony Kennedy, speaking for the 5-4 majority, said DOMA was unconstitutional because it violated the right to liberty and to equal protection for gay couples.” (Savage) When the ruling was declared, twelve states and the District of Columbia legally recognized same-sex marriage.
On November 8, 2005, voters in Texas passed…

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