The Debate Over The Gay Marriage Essay

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The gay marriage debate is very controversial. Those against same-sex marriage often cite religious viewpoints and concerns about pro-creation. They argue that same-sex relationships are immoral and against God’s will. Those in favor of same-sex marriage often argue that mutual love is enough for people to get married, regardless of their sexual orientation. Christian groups who argue for same-sex marriage tend to believe that lesbian and gay people were created as such by God and should have the same right as others (History and Debate of Gay Marriage). In the United States, the debate over the legalization of same-sex marriage dates all the way back to the early 1970s. On October 1972, the Supreme Court dismissed the Baker v. Nelson case. The Minnesota case was filed by a gay couple seeking to marry, “for want of a substantial question” (Richard Wolf). The next year, Maryland became the first state to ban same-sex marriage. The topic became progressively popular in the United States after the 1993 Hawaii Supreme Court decision in Baehr v. Lewin. Nina Baehr sued the state of Hawaii, alleging that the state’s refusal to issue her and her same sex-sex partner a marriage to license amounted to illegal discrimination on the basis of sex (1993: The Hawaii Case of Baehr v. Lewin). The case was the first major victory for same-sex marriage activists because the Hawaiian Supreme Court ruled that denying marriage to same-sex couples unconstitutional. The Baehr v. Lewin case…

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