Legalizing Of Homosexual Marriages

For as long as the institution of marriage has been around, so too has the
belief that it represents the union of one man and one woman. Now gay men
and lesbians are challenging that institution. They believe that their
relationships mean the same in their sphere as heterosexual marriages do in
our sphere. Homosexuals would like to see their marriages legalized.
In 1991 three gay couples filed a lawsuit, in Hawaii, for denying them
marriage licenses. They claim that the refusal amounts to gender
discrimination, which violates the Equal Rights Amendment. Judge Kevin
Chang ruled, in 1996, that same-sex couples have the right to legally marry.
This ruling makes Hawaii the first state to ...

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man and a woman. Under such a
definition gay and lesbians, even if they win the right to marry in Hawaii
or elsewhere, would not be able to file joint federal tax returns, claim
federal pension, or survivor's benefits, or be allowed to file for green
card status (Gallagher 21).

I don't feel that marriages between gays or lesbians should be given the
same status as heterosexual marriages. Since when do gay people think they
can broaden the institution of marriage to include themselves? They
shouldn't be able to. The institution of marriage is recognized by the
church, homosexuality isn't. I don't feel that gay people have given a
reason that carries enough weight for the government to legalize same-sex

Should gay people fight for the right to marry? Gay rights activists say
absolutely. Gay couples should be afforded the same benefits as
heterosexual couples. The legal status of marriage rewards the two
individuals with substantial economic and practical ...

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nervous when they have to
think of gay people in terms of relationships, because it
challenges the way they have always thought about gay people.
I find it interesting that the same people who condemn
homosexuality as being a promiscuous lifestyle also say they're
against gay marriage because they wouldn't want to recognize
stable gay relationships, says Herek (Gallagher 24).

Rep. Barney Frank asks, "How can you argue that a man and woman in love are
somehow threatened because two women down the street are also in love?"
Later, he put the question in more personal terms. Frank said he respects
the marriages of fellow committee members but added, "I don't understand
for a ...

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