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Gay Rights

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Giancarlo Tarantino

on 21 March 2013

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A person is a person no matter their spouse Survey We interviewed 20 people within our community and asked them the question: What are your views on gay marriage? Historical Context December 1993: For about 40 years, the military placed an outright ban on homosexuality in the military. In 1993, President Clinton implemented the compromise of Don't Ask, Don't Tell. Same Love-Macklemore and Ryan Lewis Amendment X
Powers reserved to the states and people “Powers not delegated to the United States by the constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.” Article IV Section 1
Official Acts and Records "Full faith and credit shall be given in each state to the public acts, records and judicial proceedings of every other state. And the Congress may, by general laws, prescribe the manner in which such acts, records and proceedings shall be proved, and the effect thereof." September 21, 1996: The Defense of Marriage Act is signed by President Clinton. This defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman, invalidating same-sex marriages. May 17, 2004: The first legal same-sex marriages occur in Massachusetts.

September 30, 2004: The House of Representatives does not pass an amendment that makes gay marriage illegal. September 2005: In California, a bill is proposed that sanctions gay marriage, but it is vetoed by Governor Schwarzenegger.

November 4, 2008: Voters in California pass Proposition 8, which bans gay marriage. June 17, 2009: Obama grants some benefits to the same-sex partners of federal employees. July 9, 2010: Judge Tauro of Massachusetts states that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional because it fails to let states define marriage individually. August 4, 2010: Proposition 8 in California is taken to court under the charge of being unconstitutional. This begins a lengthy legal process over the issue, which is still being battled today. September 30, 2011: The Pentagon allows military chaplains to perform same-sex marriage.

May 9, 2012: President Obama is shown supporting same-sex marriage in an ABC interview. He is the first president to endorse the institution in any way. Nine states and the District of Columbia recognize same-sex marriage.
Five states recognize civil unions, while three recognize domestic partnerships.
This century, eleven countries have legalized same-sex marriage. December 15, 2010: The House passes a bill calling for the long-sought repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell.

December 18, 2010: The Senate votes to repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell. February 12- March 11, 2004: Same-sex marriage licenses are granted in San Francisco. On March 11, 2004, the California Supreme Court banned same-sex marriage licenses. Answers Thank you!! The Effects of Gay Marriage: A Debate
Question Two: How would the legalization of gay marriage affect the society as a whole? Question One:
How would the legalization of gay marriage affect the family unit? Point-Counterpoint:
Arguments regarding the constitutionality of same-sex marriage. Closing Statements State Vs. Federal Constitutional Issues Lawrence v. Texas 2003- The Supreme Court ruled that it is unconstitutional for a state to ban sex between same-sex people.
Ruled with the Equal Protection Clause in mind. It banned unequal treatment of homosexuality in comparison to heterosexuality.
In 2003, the Supreme Court also ruled that prohibiting same-sex marriage is contrary to the Constitution. Joint Finances If a couple is unmarried and one partner dies, unless stated in a will, the other partner does not receive anything. Social Security benefits and some retirement plans are not shared with the other partner, should the passing of one partner occur.
Since same-sex marriage is not federally recognized, even married couples of the same sex still have to file separate tax forms.
This becomes difficult when dealing with health insurance, mortgages, and children. Having two different tax forms complicates the process of deductions and the clarity of ownership. Two women, Brittney Leon and Terri-Ann Simonelli, were faced with the issue of being denied hospital visitation rights. Leon checked into the hospital because she was having complications with her pregnancy and the hospital official told Simonelli that she would have to secure power of the attorney to be with her partner. Simonelli had to rely on the doctors instead of being with her partner in person. Hospital Visitation Rights 1. True
2. False
3. False
4. B) The legality of public displays of affection between homosexual couples
5. B) Lawrence v. Texas
6. C) Amendment X
7. Full Faith and Credit
8. Society and Family
9. Adoption
10. Proposition (Prop) 8 Assessment Westboro
Church Sexual Orientation & Job Interviews

NFL teams allegedly are asking players if they like girls or not. Colorado tight end Nick Kasa was interviewed by teams as part of the 2013 NFL Combine, where college players generally get the chance to show off their athletic ability and potential to play at the next level. Kasa said that the interview "[was] a pretty weird experience altogether." Results We interviewed 20 people, ranging from age 17 to 81. Overall, three people were against the institution, eleven people supported same-sex marriage, and six people believed that gay couples should have the rights of marriage without calling it a marriage.

Beatrice: Age 81- “Gays marrying isn’t a big deal and they should be able to if they love each other.”

Matt: Age 19: Against gay marriage: “I believe that God made males and females for a reason because without having the two different sexes there would be no more children born and the world could not expand and sustain.”

John: Age 47-I believe that if homosexuals want to make their relationship permanent, that is fine- as long as they don’t use the word marriage. 1. True
2. False
3. False
4. B) The legality of public displays of affection between homosexual couples
5. B) Lawrence v. Texas
6. C) Amendment X
7. Full Faith and Credit
8. Society and Family
9. Adoption
10. Proposition (Prop) 8
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