Same Sex Marriage Should Be Legal Essay

1165 Words Dec 14th, 2014 5 Pages
In 1996, 7% of Americans thought that same-sex marriage should be legal according to the May 2014 Gallup Poll. Eighteen years later however, 55% of Americans believe same-sex marriage should be legal (Stark). In 2004, Massachusetts became the first U.S. state to legalize same-sex marriages. Massachusetts was three years after the Netherlands, the first country to allow homosexuals the right to marriages in 2001. As of November 20th, 2014, same-sex marriage has been legalized in 35 US states (AK, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, MA, MD, ME, MN, MT, NC, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, UT, VA, VT, WA, WV, WI, and WY) and the District of Columbia (Gay Marriage). While 15 U.S. states continue to prohibit same-sex marriages, government officials are working to increase awareness and eventually have all states participate in validating same-sex marriages.
Bans against same-sex marriages show up in 30% of U.S. states, as well as in 76 other countries such as the Maldives, India, and Jamaica (79 Crimes). Homosexual couples that cannot experience the benefits that a marriage has are the ones suffering. There are roughly 1,138 benefits to being a married couple. These homosexual couples will not receive social security or tax breaks, employee benefits for federal workers, hospital visitation rights, or will not be allowed to immigrate as a family because the country may not recognize same-sex marriages (Overview). As public awareness is increasing about same-sex…

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