As of 1996, the United States federal government denied recognition of same-sex marriage with the passing of the Defense of Marriage Act. As a result, same sex couples are denied access to many federal rights, protections, and responsibilities granted to married heterosexual couples. Human Rights Campaign & NCSL

However, there are six states that have legalized same-sex marriage: Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, Vermont, New Hampshire, New York, and the District of Columbia. ProCon.Org & NCSL

New York - Gay Pride Parade "Celebration" after New York legalized same-sex marriage
New York - Gay Pride Parade "Celebration" after New York legalized same-sex marriage
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Here’s the argument.

Proponents for Same-Sex Marriage Argue: (ProCon.Org)
  • Two people, no matter their sexual orientation, who love each other should be allowed to publicly celebrate their union & receive the same marital benefits as heterosexual couples.
  • The ideal of “traditional” marriage does not exist.
  • Same-sex marriage is protected by the Constitution’s commitments to liberty and equality.
  • Denying same-sex couples the right to marry sends the message that it is okay to discriminate against them.
  • Same-sex marriage will make it easier for same-sex couples to adopt children in need of a home.
  • Allowing same-sex marriage will give them access to basic rights: hospital visitation during illness, taxation & inheritance rights, access to family health coverage, & protection in the event of the relationship ending
  • If marriage is for the purpose of procreation then why are infertile couples allowed to marry?

Liberty and Justice
Liberty and Justice

Opponents for Same-Sex Marriage Argue: (ProCon.Org)
  • The institution of marriage has traditionally been defined as a union between a man & a woman.
  • Same-sex marriage could possible give way to polygamous, incestuous, bestial, & other nontraditional relationships gaining the right to marry.
  • Same-sex marriage goes against the beliefs & traditions of many religious groups.
  • Citizens should not have their tax dollars support something they consider wrong.
  • Same-sex homes are not the right environment to raise children. Children need a mother & a father and the unique qualities they provide children.
  • Same-sex marriages cannot procreate.
  • If same-sex couples want to get married all they need to do is choose not to be gay and marry someone of the opposite sex.

Fountains of Love
Fountains of Love