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Social Issues

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Kaitlyn Barton

on 17 May 2011

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Countries that recognize gay marriages Netherlands (2001) Belgium (2003) Canada (2005) countries that recognize registered partnerships Denmark (1989) Norway (1993) Greenland (1994) Sweden (1995) Iceland (1996) countries with domestic partnership laws France (1999) Germany (2001) Portugal (2001) countries that extend some recognition to domestic partnerships Australia Brazil Israel Around the World But in the United States... States with a constitutional ban on gay marriage Alabama California Colorado Flordia Georgia Kansas Kentucky Idaho Louisiana Michigan Mississippi Missouri Montana Nebraska Nevada North Dakota Ohio Oklahoma Oregon South Carolina South Dakota Tennessee Texas Utah Virgina Alaska Arizona Arkansas Wisconsin states that have laws against gay marriage Arizona Delaware Florida Hawaii Illinois Maine Maryland Indiana Minnesota North Carolina Pennsylvania Washington West Virginia Wyoming That's fourty-three states. Works Cited Feigen, Brenda. "Brenda Feigen, Same-Sex Marriage: An Issue Of Constitutional
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<http://www.balancedpolitics.org/same_sex_marriages.htm>. So why are we so far behind? Let's take a look at the opposition. Those against the legalization of same-sex marriage say: It would weaken the definition of and respect for the instution of marriage. It could provide a slippery slope in the legality of marriage. It could make heterosexual divorces too easy to obtain. But the problem is... None of are these valid arguments. The issue is not a matter of moral opinions; it's a matter of Constitutional rights. And from a purely legal standpoint, there's no reason gay marriage shouldn't be legalized. And why is this? Because denying gay couples the right to marry is a violation of their religious freedom. The main reason behind banning same-sex marriage is the fact that all major religions consider homosexuality to be a sin, any law put into effect based on this reason would have a purely religious basis. m e a n i n g Why is this a big deal? The First Amendment clearly states that a person's religious views of lack thereof must be protected. This means that if the government enacted a law making marriage between couples of the same sex illegal, the religious beliefs that said law was based upon would be forced onto the general population, violating one of the basic human rights our Constitution says we must protect: the right to freedom of religion. violates Because it the separation of church and state. But isn't homosexuality a "deviant sexual behavior"? No, actually it's not. Homosexuality has been documented al throughout history, and more and more research done on the topic indicates that this so-called "deviant behavior" is actually caused by biological factors. Which leads to another point- If homosexuality occurs naturally, then why should we keep denying homosexuals that we enjoy? the same rights Denying gay couples thr right to marry is a form of minority discrimination. Our Bill of Rights was put into place to protect the rights of all people- even the minorities. Homosexuals deserve the same privileges as everyone else and withholding those privileges from them is unfair and unconstitutional. The case for Gay Marriage By Kaitlyn Barton
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