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Same-Sex Marriage

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Angela Engebretson

on 18 March 2014

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Same-Sex Marriage
People should be allowed to marry whomever they chose, regardless of gender. Gay couples should enjoy the same legal rights that heterosexual married couples currently enjoy. Most of the opposition to gay marriage is fueled by hatred of
such hatred should not be legitimized by a federal amendment banning same sex marriage

Baehr Vs. Lewin
1990 - Lesbian couple from Honolulu requested marriage license
Defining the Terms
a sexual attraction to (or sexual relations with) persons of the same sex
It is not Marriage
Calling something marriage does not make it marriage. Marriage has always been a covenant between a man and a woman which is by its nature ordered toward the procreation and education of children and the unity and wellbeing of the spouses. The promoters of same-sex “marriage” propose something entirely
It Always Denies A
Child Either A Mother or Father
It is in the child’s best interests that he be raised under the influence of his natural father and mother. This rule is confirmed by the evident difficulties faced by the many children who are orphans or are raised by a single parent, a relative, or a foster parent.
Marriage is not just any relationship between human beings. It is a relationship rooted in human nature and thus governed by natural law.
Supporters of Same Sex Marriage
Wrap Up
Opposing Same Sex Marriage
Act of Congress, or of any ruling, regulation, or interpretation of the various administrative bureaus and agencies of the United States, the word “marriage” means only a
legal union
between one man and one woman as husband and wife, and the word “spouse” refers only to a person of the opposite sex who is a husband or a wife.
The Governments Definition
Action/ Policy Argument
Argues the type of policies that should be put in place in order to approve Gay Marriage and it argues the rights that gay couples should or should not have
The Issue
Defining Our Terms
The Definition of Marriage
The Churches Definition

(of a person) sexually attracted to people of the opposite sex.
Denied: case was brought to
Supreme Court in 1993 and they became the first state to allow same sex couple to apply for marriage licenses
Post DOMA: Hawaii outlawed gay marriage which voided the Baehr decision
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

"The promotion and protection of marriage - the union of one man and one woman as husband and wife - is a matter of the
common good
and serves the well being of the couple, of children, of
civil society
and humankind. We join together with others to affirm that marriage in its true definition must be protected for its own sake and for the good of society."

Is marriage a basic human right that should be
to all people, regardless of their
sexual orientation
? Or should marriage be defined by a
federal amendment
as a union between a man and a woman?
Background Statistics
2013: Illinois Allows
Same Sex Marriage
Defense of Marriage Act
1996 signed by Bill Clinton
Defined marriage under the federal law as being exclusively between one man and one woman

state to pass marriage equality laws
March 2014:
County can grant same-sex marriage licenses
faith and credit
clause no longer applies to gay marriages
Fighting for rights
The federal government does not allow gay couples to
jointly file income tax returns

not entitled to receive pension and

death benefits
of their partner or Social Security benefits
Goodridge v. Department of Public Health
ruled that it was unconstitutional to deny marriage licenses to same-sex couples
court based its decision on its interpretation of the Massachusetts constitution
"forbids the creation of second- class citizens."
Total percentage of Americans who strongly favor/favor Gay Marriage = 41%

Percent of Americans who oppose/strongly oppose Gay Marriage = 47%

Percent of Americans who are unsure about Gay Marriage =

Percent support for gay marriage has increased annually for the past two decades = 1%

Total number of U.S. states where gay marriage is legal = 6

Total number of U.S. states that recognize out of state gay marriages = 2

St. Patrick's Day Parade
Heineken, Sam Adams & Guinness
drop sponsorship after LGBT Discrimination
New York and Boston
Mayor decline to walk in parade for the same reason
Class Activity
Break up the room into two sides, one side should represent the idea of gay marriage being a social issue, and the other side should represent gay marriage being a political issue. Explain why you think it is that kind of issue.
It Defeats The State's Purpose of Benefiting Marriage
One of the main reasons why the State bestows numerous benefits on marriage is that by its very nature and design, marriage provides the normal conditions for a
stable, affectionate, and moral atmosphere
that is beneficial to the upbringing of children—all fruit of the mutual affection of the parents.
It Offends God
This is the most important reason. Whenever one violates the natural moral order established by God, one sins and offends God. Same-sex “marriage” does just this. Accordingly, anyone who professes to love God must be opposed to it.
It Imposes Its Acceptance on All Society
By legalizing same-sex “marriage,” the State becomes its official and
active promoter
. The State calls on public officials to officiate at the new civil ceremony, orders public schools to teach its acceptability to children, and punishes any state employee who expresses disapproval.
It Validates and Promotes the Homosexual Lifestyle
In the name of the “family,” same-sex “marriage” serves to validate not only such unions but the whole homosexual lifestyle in all its bisexual and transgender variants.
Civil laws are structuring principles of man's life in society.
Texas Fighting Appeal

In 2005,
percent of Texas voters approved an amendment that limited marriage in Texas to one man and one woman.

Jonathan Saenz, president of the conservative group Texas Values, said earlier this month that the definition of marriage is “an issue that is so clear and foundational in history and law.” If a federal judge were to rule against the Texas amendment banning same-sex marriage, "it would certainly call into question whether or not the state of Texas continues to have the ability to prevent the federal government forcing its will on the Texas people."

Biblical Objections

Genesis 2:24
The Creation of Man and Woman
Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his
, and they shall become one flesh.

Leviticus 18:22

Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it [is] abomination.

Baehr vs. Miike

Dec. 11, 1996

Hawaii's high court rules that Hawaii's constitution no long protects lesbian and gay individuals with regard to their freedom to marry.
This ruling over turns the case of
Baehr vs. Lewin.

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