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should gays be allowed to legally marry

March 31, 2016 | Author: | Posted in american history, history

Legal Discrimination : Same-Sex Marriage in America

Gay marriage has become a hot-button issue in the American consciousness particularly in recent years , and most vehemently since the 2004 presidential election and the proposal to amend the Constitution to prohibit homosexuals from getting married as a response to the May 2004 decision of Massachusetts to allow gay couples to apply for marriage licenses . Since then , amendments have passed in several states prohibiting marriages and civil unions among same-sex couples Opponents of this social movement argue that the moral fabric of society is based [banner_entry_middle]

upon the traditional family structure of a man and a woman raising their children , and that departure from this model will create wide-scale moral corruption . However , most importantly , the issue of same-sex unions fall under the umbrella of civil liberties and I oppose discrimination of American citizens in any form , especially one that is detrimental to children of gay partnerships

Marraige provides more than just personal affirmation of a relationship under the law . With same-sex couples who are married and have children one partner may decide to work and the other partner may choose to stay home with the children . Married couples and dependants qualify to be on each others ‘ health insurance plans . The same is not true for a gay partnership without a legal civil union . If a lesbian couple decides to conceive from a sperm donor , and the one who opts to have the child is the non-working partner , both her and the child are not eligible for health insurance on the other partner ‘s plan . Health insurance is not the only concern for same-sex couples without the protection of marriage either . Married couples have protection under the law in the following areas that are currently being denied to same-sex couples custody Social Security survivor benefits child support obligations state and federal tax advantages recognition as legal parents in schools medical decisions immigration status passing on inheritance applying for passports visitation rights family medical leave (Family Pride

These benefits are being denied to same-sex couples because of their sexual orientation and the view of many fundamentalists that same-sex partnerships are morally corrupt . In a society shaped by the separation of church and state their argument of morality should not be sufficient to deprive American citizens of their right to live their lives as they see fit . Many hospitals have the policy that in the event an individual is hurt or sick and unable to make medical decisions for themselves , the individual ‘s family may make the decisions for them . In the case of the same-sex couple described above , if the working partner became incapacitated the non-working partner would not be able to make those decisions , receive death benefits of any kind , and in some cases have no claim to even see her partner . In the event that the non-working partner (and biological mother of their child ) was incapacitated the working partner would be unable to receive these benefits as well as losing all legal claim to her… [banner_entry_footer]

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