Essay on The Cultural And Behavioral Effects Of Same Sex Marriage

799 Words Oct 6th, 2015 4 Pages
As said by Chief Justice Roberts himself, “If you are among the many Americans — of whatever sexual orientation — who favor expanding same-sex marriage, by all means celebrate today’s decision, Celebrate the achievement of a desired goal. Celebrate the opportunity for a new expression of commitment to a partner. Celebrate the availability of new benefits....”. This quote along with many others justifies just how remarkable June 26, 2015 was for many Americans in the U.S. as well as government officials. To date, the arguments trying to explain the cultural and behavioral effects of same sex marriage is mainly beliefs, not facts. Legalizing same sex marriage is a very dynamic topic and has major influences on the U.S. in many ways on things such as individuals, the community, and society.
The ruling of Obergefell v. Hodges influences many individuals in the U.S., especially children/adolescence. Legalizing same sex marriage affects younger children because they will be growing up in a different world, where same sex couples are getting married all the time and eventually starting legal families. This would expand the scope of same-sex married parenting causing more children to grow up with two of the same gendered parents, which is not necessarily a bad thing at all. Marriage conveys such public and private economic benefits as family leave from work and spousal health insurance eligibility (Meezan, Rauch, 2005). Not only same sex, but marriage in general helps move…

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