2 Gay Marriages should not be legally recognized (According to a CNN/USA Today/Group poll. Oct.24-26 surveyed 1006 people and had an error margin of plus or minus three percentage points.) 3 Social change and Gay Marriage
In the last decade the civil rights of lesbians and gay men have become a prominent issue on the public agenda (Dupuis 2002 p.1).
As society changes gay couples have began to appeal for rights equal to those of heterosexual couples such as health insurance bereavement leave life-insurance annuity and pension rights housing rights and adoption and inheritance rights.
4 What Supporters Say
Gay marriage supporters believe that they should be guaranteed the same rights as heterosexual couples under the law.
They hope that all public (as opposed to private) discrimination against homosexuals be ended and that every right and responsibility that heterosexuals enjoy as public citizens be extended to those who grow up and find themselves emotionally different (Finsterbusch 2003 p.101).
5 What Opponents Say
According to Vincent (2004) opponents of gay marriage believe it is immoral and diminished the sanctity institution.
Their view is based on The Old and New Testaments of the Bible which warn against homosexuality.
6 What the Courts say
In the absence of clear guidance on the gay marriage issue from the nations highest court state courts have entered the fight (Vincent 2004). In fact The Supreme Court has yet to rule on gay marriage.
Although it passed The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in 1996 currently is nominal and some states courts made their original judgments in recent years.
The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has cleaned the way for lesbian and gay couples to marry ruling February 4 2004 .
7 Gay marriage future
Gay marriage issue has created a social dilemma.
On the one hand a large number of Americans believe that gay people should have equal rights with heterosexuals consistent with democracy.
On the other hand many view gay people as morally wrong.
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