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Hong-Van Nguyen English Composition 102 MWF 9-9:50 04/30/07 Same-Sex Marriage Same-sex marriage did not emerge in the United States until around the 19 th century, which was when there was recognition of the relationship of two women making a long-term commitment to each other cohabitating (Same-Sex Partnerships). The general public, at the time, assumed that sexual activities were not part of the relationship. Reverend Troy Perry performed the first public gay wedding in the U.S. in 1969, but it was not legally recognized. In 1970, Metropolitan Community Church filed the first-ever lawsuit seeking legal recognition of same-sex marriages, but it was not successful (Same-Sex Marriage). In March 2005, two Unitarian Universalist ministers Kay Greenleaf and Dawn Sangrey were charged with multiple counts of solemnizing a marriage without a license in the State of New York. The charges were the first brought against clergy for performing same-sex unions in North America (Same-Sex Marriage). As a substitute to the heterosexual term “marriage,” on November 5, 1994, James D. Woods and Paul D. Young created the alternative “commitment ceremony” of their own in New York City. This has become a more accepted term in recent years, especially where no legal same-sex marriage alternative exists (Same-Sex Marriage). Same-sex marriage has been a topic of serious debate for many years now. Same sex-marriage is a term for a governmentally, socially, or religiously recognized marriage in which two people of the same sex live together as a family (Gay Marriage Overreaction). Proponents of same sex marriage often use the term “equal marriage” to stress that they seek equality as opposed to special rights. Opponents argue that equating
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same sex and opposite sex marriage changes the meaning of the marriage and its traditions. Some opponents use the term “homosexual” marriage,” and surveys have suggested that the word “homosexual” is more degrading than the word “gay.” Some publications that oppose same-sex marriage put the word “marriage” in scare quotes when referring to it (Same-Sex Marriage). Same-sex marriage supporters argue that it is implying inferiority, and point out that the quotes are even used when referring to same sex marriages in locations where it is legal. There are two major arguments when it comes to same-sex marriage, religious and social. Some opponents often claim that extending marriage to same-sex couples will undercut the conventional purpose of marriage as interpreted by cultural, religious, and traditional understanding. Furthermore, opponents argue that same sex marriage cannot fulfill common procreational roles.
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