Same Sex Marriage Should Be Legalized In The United States

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Homosexuality is not new to the United States and neither is the idea of same sex

marriage. Social rights and movements have always been a problem in the United States and has

always been what has defined it. Same sex marriage has been one those social issues that has

been of hot debate for quite some time and has heated up in recent years and split the country.

Though same sex marriage is still not legal under federal law in the United States even though in

many similarly advanced counties it is. The question then becomes why is same-sex marriage not

legally recognized in the United States? Marriage is a basic human right for every individual and

should be made legal in the United States.

When looking at same sex marriage
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All of this because Christianity created the belief that marriage was all on the

basis of being able to procreate. We would then find that as history moved forward, homosexual

behaviors would become wrong and a punishable act. This is because the norms and values of

Christianity took over and set the stage for how many would view homosexuality and same sex

marriages.

The legalization of same sex or gay marriage is a controversial topic within the United

States due to many divided beliefs among Americans. To some this is an issue of morality; to

others it is a religious issue. This is made evident in the Baehr v. Miike case in 1993 where the

Hawaiian Supreme Court ruled that the restriction of marriage whether heterosexual or

homosexual was unconstitutional. They found that the refusal of marriage licenses

discriminatory. Though in response to that ruling and the huge denial people had of same sex

marriages at the time in the United States, “The Defense of Marriage Act “ was created. In 1996

the act made it so that marriage was defined as a union between a man and woman. The act
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This all with the

coupling of the main reason why this is all a controversial topic, is the some would believe that

the legalization of same-sex marriage would be a threat to what some Americans consider the

“sanctity of marriage”.

Even though these debates over same sex marriages is relatively new in the United States

when you really look at the scope and history of same sex marriages, lots of progress has been

made. When looking at the statistics, according to PewResearch, polls in 2014 showed that in the

United States 37% of Americans found that Homosexuality was an unacceptable moral issue,

where as 58% found it acceptable or a non moral issue. Our current president Barack Obama has

shown to be in support of gay marriage, which is why now more so then ever same-sex marriage

is a huge topic of debate. States like Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New

York, and Vermont now allow gay marriage. Other sates appear to seem to be going to follow

and it seems that it is going to be only a matter of time when gay marriage becomes legal in the

United States. Some people are against gay marriage for religious reasons and some for

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