This module has unpublished changes. Marriage is not exactly the same as it used to be interpreted. At one time, interracial marriage used to be illegal. It was not until that interracial marriage was accepted in The U. It was only 40 years ago that the United States Supreme Court upheld interracial marriage in 16 States.
Women did not have the constitutional right to vote until the 19th amendment was ratified in Black men did not have the constitutional right to vote until the 15th amendment was ratified in Today, many laws have been changed to allow equality for homosexuals.
Recently, the controversy about same-sex marriage has resurfaced. In order to understand this controversy we should remember that Proposition Twenty-two was a law enacted by California voters in March to restrict marriages to only those between opposite-sex couples. In May , this proposition was struck down by the California Supreme Court as contrary to the state constitution. In May 15, the California Supreme Court, ruling on In re Marriage Cases, declared that same-sex couples had a constitutional right to marry.
As a result of this decision, a debate and an opposition movement appeared against same-sex marriage. Therefore, Six months later, in November California voters overturned the In re Marriage Cases decision by approving an amendment of the state constitution called Proposition 8. This proposition restricted marriage exclusively to only men and women. By restricting marriage to only men and woman, this proposition is directly overturning The California Supreme Court ruling.
That is why the issue was dragged to the United States Supreme Court: In March of this actual year, there were oral arguments in the United States Supreme Court on same-sex marriage. The United States Supreme Court is examining two cases dealing with same-sex marriage: Perry, a review of California's Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage in the state, and United States v.
Windsor, which challenges the Defense of Marriage Act DOMA , a law preventing the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages performed by the states. The main issue for the Supreme Court to resolve is: The United States Supreme Court will basically discuss the constitutionality of the Proposition eight and in order to do that The Supreme Court has to decide which has more power: The decision is in the hands of The United States Supreme Court and the outcome of this decision can change the status of same-sex marriage substantially altering the current conception of marriage as we currently know it.
If The Supreme Court decides the States law has the power to decide about same-sex marriage, it is probably that the Proposition eight will continue valid.
In the other case, if the Supreme Court decides the Federal law has more power than the State one, Proposition eight will be turned down and Gay marriage will be legalized in all states because it would be a Federal government decision. This is a polemical topic. Some people are against it and others approve it.
The question here is clear: Should Gay marriage be legal in all states guaranteed by the federal government, or should it be solely a state decision? Although there are ten states where gay marriages are already legal: Connecticut, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Vermont and Washington, Rhode Island plus the District of Columbia, gay marriage should be legalized in all states of The United States for the sake of the psychological health of people, because it has the growing support of the public, and because The union would increase the overall economy in each state.
First, not legalizing gay marriage has serious consequences on the mental health of people in the gay community. Excluding them from their fundamental rights of marriage can create negative effects on the life of gay people. For example, Andrew Sullivan, a gay British writer wrote about his life: Gay couples need social recognition of marital status as any other couple in love. Andrew Sullivan once wrote about his experience: Second, there is evidence that public opinion supports gay marriage.
We should legalize Gay marriage because more than half of the nation already embraces the idea of Gay marriage and that number of supporters is clearly growing. Those studies clearly suggest that legalizing gay marriage will enhance the economy in other states that are in financial trouble.
Therefore, if gay marriage is legalized in all states, it would better for the overall economy of the entire nation. There are, however, people who scoff at the legalization of gay marriage. Their position basically relies on the religious point of view based on Christian, Islamic and Judaic doctrines. Those who oppose to gay marriage mainly use the authority of God and moral codes as their reason, that same—sex marriage should not be legalized.
The most frequently quote from the Bible comes from Leviticus However, using this one verse of scripture for prohibiting same-sex marriage is totally wrong. In the first place, we are not entirely sure if really God said those words. And if that were true the Bible also states that God ordained polygamy Exodus Even more striking, God allowed women to be forced to marry their rapists Deut.
Consequently, the moral authority of God is not strong to restrict marriage these days. Therefore, it is not a question of religious dogma. As a matter of fact, not all citizens in United States abide by the Bible anymore; they are from other religions or from none.
Therefore, all religious people should be objective and should not use the religion as a absolute truth. After considering the standpoint of the opposition, legalizing gay marriage sounds even more convincing to me than ever. All in all, in these times, gay marriage is a polemic topic in California, but it also concerns to the United States as a whole nation.
That issue in California heated up the gay-marriage topic between people and that is why the topic is taking place in The United States Supreme Court. More than half of all the people in United States already support Gay marriage. Also, according to a bipartisan study made in November, an exit poll showed that 83 percent of the voters believe that same-sex marriage will be legal nationwide in the next five to ten years, according to a bipartisan analysis of the data.
If we try look up at the future, it will not be surprising that gay marriage will be legal in all states because of the Public opinion. Legalizing gay marriage is economically and healthfully beneficial for the entire country and for the Gay community.
For those reasons above, I support gay marriage. On the other hand, people who are going against gay marriage are going against Marriage in general. My response to people who disagree with me would be: Would you try to change the law?
I do not blame people for trying to do it and that is why I support them in their fight for their rights… why would you deny their happiness? This essay is specially addressed to the people who are unsure about the legalization of gay marriage because all of us need to take a position about gay marriage so everyone can make a fair judgment.
As Barack Obama, the current president of United States once said: I am not in favor of gay marriage. Usually, our constitutions expand liberties, they do not contract them. If you do not like Gay marriage, at least respect the right of others to pursue it. Does God Bless Same-sex Marriage? April 5th, ,