This paper talks that the United States, despite being on of the most democratic countries in the world, is still grappling with the issue of whether or not to legalize same-sex marriages. The next issue is whether to grant the partners in same-sex marriages, the same rights and protections as straight couples. …
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On the brighter side, various states have in the recent past been amending their laws to cater for the rights of same-sex unions, although to a lesser degree as compared to the rights enjoyed by straight couples. At present, there are states that recognize civil unions and domestic partnerships between same-sex couples and accord these couples some state benefits. As Andryszewski (102) states, Vermont, Connecticut, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Oregon, Hawaii, Washington, Maine, California, and the District of Columbia are examples of states that recognize same-sex civil unions or allow for domestic partnerships for these couples. In these states, same-sex couples can access family health plans, become parents, and even have protection relating to divorce and separation under state laws. Neubauer & Meinhold (401) state that the state of Massachusetts was the first to legalize same-sex marriages; a law in which the couples can be issued with marriage certificates. According to Andryszewski (102), by the close of 2010, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Iowa, and Vermont were issuing same-sex partners with marriage licenses. Massachusetts allows same-sex couples to access tax, health, and social security survivor benefits just like opposite-sex couples. Same-sex unions have been on the increase in recent years, mainly as a result of better legal protections by state laws. However, these unions are far from receiving the equal and constitutional rights as traditional marriages in America. As Crehan & Rickenbacker state, legal rights such as the benefits that come with being someone’s spouse are not accorded to same-sex couples. For instance, Baker writes that it is impossible for a person who is gay or lesbian to inherit property from their partner after death,...
This paper stresses that the limitation of civil unions, domestic partnerships, and marriages for same-sex couples is that the protections and rights enjoyed by these couples are limited within state governments and do not apply to the federal government. For example, although same-sex couples in a civil union can file for joint state tax returns, the federal law requires that they file federal tax returns individually. The author talks that various states have in the recent past been amending their laws to cater for the rights of same-sex unions, although to a lesser degree as compared to the rights enjoyed by straight couples. At present, there are states that recognize civil unions and domestic partnerships between same-sex couples and accord these couples some state benefits. Vermont, Connecticut, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Oregon, Hawaii, Washington, Maine, California, and the District of Columbia are examples of states that recognize same-sex civil unions or allow for domestic partnerships for these couples. In these states, same-sex couples can access family health plans, become parents, and even have protection relating to divorce and separation under state laws.
This report makes a conclusion that no matter the advances made in the fight for legal recognition of same-sex marriages, the fight is far from over. Ideally, although some states may recognize same-sex unions and grant them state benefits, the federal government does not recognize such unions, and so such partners remain bound to their individual states.
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One of the biggest fight in America, is the fight for equality. In the fifties and sixties, black Americans fought for equal rights, and this was one of the longest and most publicized fight since the abolishment of slavery. Today there is a new, tempestuous issue on the horizon— the legalizing same sex marriage.
However for members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender community that is exactly what they have faced for many years in their efforts to gain marriage equality in the United States. For years many have made efforts to change the laws which would allow same sex marriage to be acknowledged legally and allow these couples to reap all of the benefits owed to spouses, regardless of gender.
Every individual in the society has the equal right to participate in communal organizations. It is evident that the discussions on same-sex marriage are still a burning issue that divides the society. A significant part of the American population believes that the same-sex marriage should not be legalized as it violates the law of nature.
Since then, discussions on same sex marriages have yielded positive outcomes in the United States with several states legalizing same sex marriage. The state of Massachusetts is among the states that allow same sex marriage. Same Sex Marriage in Massachusetts Since the 1980s, the state of Massachusetts prohibits any discriminatory activities on individuals based on their sexual orientation in the public and the private employment as well as in other related opportunities.
If, as the argument goes, there has not been a fundamental alteration of what it means for two people to be married, then the institution of marriage is one that is, indeed, sacrosanct, and should not be re-examined. However, as this essay shows, marriage, as an institution, has evolved, and is continuing to evolve, which means that the institution can evolve in the direction of equality, without too much concern.
The author states that the legal issues associated with the same-sex marriage are complicated by the federal government of the United States. According to a significant part of US population, same-sex marriage should not be legalized in the US. Marriage is a matter of civil law. It is not the particular church affair.
Marriages are made in Heaven, they say. Rightly so, but the marriages between man and woman. No religion in the world supports marriage within the same sex. Same sex marriages or gay marriages became a topic of controversy in the late 1990s or early 2000s. History does show a record of same sex desire or unions between men, usually of varying ages.
As more gays and lesbians identify themselves publicly, they find that their attitudes and communication patterns often clash with people who do not understand the gay and lesbian co-cultures (Vander Zanden, 1993).
Some gays and lesbians are married, have children, and lead lives that in most respects are indistinguishable from those of the larger population.
half of the states of the country, same-sex marriage has been legalized; and with the rise of the discussion on the necessity of gay marriage on the federal level, the issue has become even more heated.
In the United States, the question of same-sex marriage legalization has