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Same Sex Marriage Kenroy Fletcher PHI103: Informal Logic Daniel Haynes June 27, 2011 Same Sex Marriage The issue of same-sex marriage is one of the most controversial topics currently facing our country. Based on the Defense of Marriage Act of 1996, the federal government defines marriage as
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the union of one man and one woman (“Same sex marriage”, 2007, paragraph 2), and does not recognize same-sex marriages at the federal level. The act does not, however, prevent individual states from setting their own definitions of marriage. In the state of Massachusetts, same-sex marriage has been recognized since 2004, with same sex couples receiving the same state benefits as heterosexual couples. The caveat with Massachusetts is that this type of marriage is only recognized if the couples are residents of the state. This means that a couple cannot travel from another state, get married, and then reside in another state. In addition to Massachusetts a number of other states have also broached the issue of same sex marriage. Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, New Jersey, and California all give same-sex couples, in a legal partnership, equal rights of marriage under state law, although they do not officially recognize these same-sex unions as “marriages”. Maine, Hawaii, District of Columbia, Washington, and Oregon allow same-sex unions, but grant only some of the same rights as heterosexual marriages to these couples. (“Same sex marriage, 2007, paragraph 3). Outside of the United States, a number of countries have also written legislation regarding same-sex unions.Denmark began to acknowledge same-sex registered partnerships, or civil unions, in 1989. Norway, Sweden, and Iceland followed suit in 1996. By 1999 France accepted same-sex registered partnerships and civil unions. After the turn of the century, Germany, Finland, Luxembourg, New Zealand and Britain signed legislation to recognize this type of union. However, “marriage” in all meanings of the term is only recognized among same-sex couples in The Netherlands, Belgium, Canada, Spain and Massachusetts (Stritof, 2007). Clearly, as a political topic, same-sex relationships are quite controversial. Although there are poignant arguments for both sides of the issue, I feel that the arguments for same-sex marriage far outweigh the arguments against it. Some of the strongest arguments for same-sex marriage include; moral arguments, the issue of benefits, and stability within the family. The impact of same sex marriage within the general population tends to be more of a moral issue than anything else. To many people, homosexuality is not viewed as natural. It is the polar
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opposite of what is held to be the natural evolution of people. To most people marriage is for the purpose of procreation; however, when asked why heterosexual couples marry, most will say it is not solely for procreation, but for love and companionship. If heterosexual couples marry because they love one another, why can homosexuals not feel that same love for one another? I watched a
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