Essay Same-Sex Marriage and Immigration: The Role of Federalism

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Throughout recent years, two major issues have become prevalent in the United States, followed by increasing debate of whether they should be regulated by the federal government or state governments: same-sex marriage and immigration. Although the federal government has attempted to deal with same-sex marriage in the past, it has become evident that the public is not in agreement over this issue, rendering the efforts of the federal government to be ineffective and stagnant. Additionally, with an ever increasing flow of immigrants, the federal government is unable to regulate immigration well, leaving states to deal with many problems themselves. Therefore, it has become apparent to the American public that despite the federal government’s …show more content…
Support has grown, with celebrities now openly acknowledging their homosexuality, media growing an interest and market in such subjects, and even the launching of the “It Gets Better Project” to give hope to the lesbian-gay-bisexual-transsexual youth.
Despite strong opposition from the majority of Americans and those who are much more conservative, same-sex marriage is now legal in seven states: Massachusetts, Connecticut, California, Iowa, Vermont, New Hampshire, New York, and the District of Columbia. (ncsl.org). However, due to the Defense of Marriage Act, none of the states are required to recognize a same-sex marriage as a marriage. (ncsl.org). Therefore, if a homosexual couple is to marry in New York and travel to Texas, the state of Texas would not recognize them as a married couple. This act was created in response to the Full Faith and Credit Clause of Article IV, Section 1 of the United States Constitution, which states that “full faith and credit shall be given in each state to the public acts, records, and judicial proceedings of every other state.” (law.cornell.edu).
Although times are changing and homosexuals are gaining more of their civil rights, an issue such as same-sex marriage is still too controversial a topic in our American society. In spite of the strong and increasing support, it seems the majority of the United States is still…

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