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Legalizing Gay Marriage

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Kendra Osborn

on 9 January 2014

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By: Kendra Osborn
Gay is okay
As of January 6th, 2014, interracial marriages are legal in 17 states (CA, CT, DE, HI, IA, IL, ME, MD, MA, MN, NH, NJ, NM, NY, RI, VT, and WA - plus Washington, D.C)
Colorado allows civil union (a legally recognized union of a same-sex couple, with rights similar to those of marriage)
Oregon and Nevada offer broad domestic partnership
Wisconsin has limited domestic partnership
The first state to legalize same-sex marriages was Massachusetts on May 17, 2004
33 states have gay marriage bans through either laws or constitutional amendments or both.
same-sex marriage is a civil right
1976 Supreme Court case Loving v. Virginia confirmed that marriage is "one of the basic civil rights of man." By that ruling same-sex marriages should receive the same protection
NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) names same gender marriages as "one of the key civil right struggles of our time
Marriage is a matter of civil law and since it is unconstitutional to deny equal civil rights to citizens, it is unconstitutional to deny homosexual couples the civil right to marry
though is same-sex marriage both a privilege and a right?
all Americans have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness (stated in the Declaration of Independence)
the 14th amendment reads, "... nor shall any State deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws"
marriage is considered a privilege in cases of religion
Marriage is a part of our life and forms our society, but you do not have to be married to understand what marriage feels like.
legalizing same-sex marriages
in the united states
how do interracial marriages differentiate from same gender marriages?
The difference between interracial couples and same-sex couples is genetics. Other than that, we are all the same. My love is no different than yours. To me (and Ellen Degeneres) , a document giving couples insurance benefits etc. is a disgrace; it should be called marriage. Love is an intense feeling of deep affection, and we all perceive it.
adoption laws
On any given day, there are about 400,000 people in out-of-home care
During the last year about 650,000 children spent some time in out-of-home care in the United States.
Children entering foster care remain there on average for nearly two years
Due to the rising amount in same-sex couples who would like to adopt, less children will be in foster homes each year
For the past twenty-one years, over 2391 individuals have been served at the Vero Beach Homeless Family Center including 511 families, 1350 adults and 1041 children.
In many cases, one partner adopts a child and then the second applies to become a second parent, or co-parent. Second parent adoptions have been granted by the courts in twenty-one states as well as in Washington, D.C. Florida is the only state with an outright ban on gay adoption. California, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, and Washington, D.C. allow adoption by openly gay and lesbian couples.
"Facts About Foster Care." Children's Rights. Charity Navigator, 2013. Web. 6
Jan. 2014. <http://www.childrensrights.org/issues-resources/foster-care/facts-about-foster-care/>.
Ivy, Wade, III. "Marrige: A Right or a Privilege?" UGLA Young Professionals. N.p., 2010. Web. 6 Jan. 2014. <http://www.ulga-yp.org/the-politicker/marriage-a-right-or-a-privilege.html>.
"Our Numbers." Homeless Family Center. Homeless Family Center, 2013. Web. 6 Jan. 2014. <http://homelessfamilycenter.com/Our-Numbers.html#.Ust_YWnTm1s>.
"Should Gay Marriage Be Legal?" ProCon.org. N.p., 2014. Web. 6 Jan. 2014. <http://gaymarriage.procon.org/>.
Skillen, James W. "Same-Sex 'Marriage' Is Not a Civil Right." The Center for Public Justice. N.p., 2012. Web. 6 Jan. 2014. <http://www.cpjustice.org/stories/storyReader$1178>.
"States." Freedom To Marry. Freedom to Marry Inc., 2003. Web. 6 Jan. 2014. <http://www.freedomtomarry.org/states/>.
credits to Gracie for "Gay is Okay" :)
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