In today’s society homosexuality is becoming more accepted. You see homosexuals coming out and feeling more comfortable in their skin and why shouldn’t they? They have no reason to hide who they are because they live in America where you have the freedom to choose. Being homosexual for most people is not a choice it comes from ones different genetic characteristics. Hollywood fully embraces homosexuality. I believe Hollywood has made an impact on most of America’s perception of homosexuality. Some people have become comfortable adopting the idea that legalizing gay marriage isn’t so bad.
They also believe that it has nothing to do with how one walks, talks, or dresses but that homosexuals should be treated as equals because we are all human. It’s not hurting anyone and people are going to form their own opinions anyway. Homosexuals have the equal right to be married like everyone else. Keeping gay marriage illegal violates the Due Process clause of the Fifth Amendment, denying gays the right to marriage also denies them federal benefits such as healthcare, social security, disability insurance, and spousal benefits last but not least it throws away any possible benefits to society it could have.
The recognition of same-sex marriage is a political, social, civil-rights and religious issue in many nations, and debates continue to arise over whether same-sex couples should be allowed marriage, be required to hold a different status (a civil union), or not have any such rights. In the Constitution there it is said all man is equal and should be treated so. This is a belief that was used to promote the equality of men and women and for the rights of African-Americans. This is a basis of American society as a whole as it does represent what we stand for.
If we really integrated that belief into society without any sort of prejudice then homosexual men and women would have every right to marry. Many people feel that being homosexual is not natural, and is a sin against God as it states in the 10 commandments, which the backing of our legal system is based off of. Although, various religious groups around the world practice same-sex marriages; for example: Quakers, Episcopalians, the Metropolitan Community Church, the United Church of Christ, the United Church of Canada, Reform and Conservative Jews, Wiccans, Druids, Unitarian Universalists and some Native American religious beliefs.
Studies conducted in several countries indicate that support for the legalization of same-sex marriage increases with higher levels of education and that support is strong among younger people. Additionally, polls show that there is rising support for same-sex marriage across all races, ethnicities, ages, religions and socioeconomic statuses. As Tyrone Miller says “The issue with gay marriage could be related to the fear of the unknown which is phobia that is based in human nature, like being afraid of the dark. (p2) People see the risks that the dark or in this case gay marriages have, instead of seeing the positives it could bring. Gay marriage has the potential to bear many positive influences on the United States as a whole.
Gay activist Jonathan Rauch has argued that marriage is good for all men, whether homosexual or heterosexual, because engaging in its social roles reduces men’s aggression and promiscuity. He states, “A parent’s sexual orientation is unrelated to their ability to provide a healthy and nurturing family environment; and that marriage bestows substantial psychological, social, and health benefits. (Par 4) The data of current psychological and other social science studies on same-sex marriage in comparison to opposite-sex marriage show that same-sex and opposite-sex relationships do not differ in the psychological effects. Same-sex couples and their children are likely to benefit in numerous ways from legal recognition of their families, and providing such recognition through marriage will give greater benefit than civil unions or domestic partnerships.
If same sex marriage is legalized federally it can and will help with nationwide problems such as orphans and adoption. Adoption by same sex couples is illegal in many states as it is seen the parents will raise them immorally. This could not be farther off from the truth. Gay couples are more accepting than the straight couples that vote to not allow the marriage and could actually teach them to be open to more things in life Adoption can take the form of a joint adoption by a same-sex couple or adoption by one member of a same-sex couple of the other’s biological child.
There are many people that are avidly against the acceptance of gay marriage and rights as a whole and they have many controversial views. The views by some against same-sex marriage are that there are equal rights but the people choose to have less. First, gay and lesbians already possess rights equally protected under the law. They have the exact rights that heterosexuals have today. They can marry a member of the opposite sex if they so choose. Straight men and women can’t marry a member of their own sex, even if they wanted to.
So, the rights are shared. Also, in some states it is illegal to participate in sodomy which is vastly practiced in the gay community so by allowing them to marry it is encouraging the ignorance of the law. Another argument shared widely is that homosexuals cannot be legally married because they cannot produce a child. If they can’t produce children then they do not contribute to the growth of the country as a whole. John Birch says, “Being brought up in a household with opposite sex parents can be seen as fundamental to a child’s growth. (p. 6) Due to the some of the research done by some psychologists such as Freud, a child not exposed to a parent figure of each sex could be influence some of the complexes they develop. Studies repeatedly demonstrate that people who marry tend to be better off financially, emotionally, psychologically, and even medically. Marriage is not universally an improvement, but it generally is. Because of this, it stands to reason that legalized gay marriage will ultimately prove beneficial for gay individuals.
This, in turn, will be better for gay couples, the families of gays, and communities where gays live. Perhaps the most important aspect of marriage is that it establishes a legal and social relationship which makes it easier for people to be there for each other economically, emotionally, and psychologically. Most of the rights and privileges that go with marriage are, in fact, ways to help spouses support each other. Married couples are thus much better off than unmarried couples, giving relationships the ability to grow stronger and deeper.