In Genesis 3, when God tells Adam and Eve not to eat the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, the issue was whether Adam and Eve would abide by God's commands. Adam and Eve decided for themselves what was right when they disobeyed God and ate of the fruit. Ever since that day, mankind has tried to decide for ourselves what is good or bad, in dangerous disregard of God's command.
The decision opens the door for same-sex couples to receive federal benefits. As the Pew Research Center has documented through various surveys, societal opinion on the issue has begun to swing dramatically in favor of accepting gay couples over the past decade.
Windsor, Justice Kennedy wrote: DOMA singles out a class of persons deemed by a State entitled to recognition and protection to enhance their own liberty. It imposes a disability on the class by refusing to acknowledge a status the State finds to be dignified and proper.
DOMA instructs all federal officials, and indeed all persons with whom same-sex couples interact, including their own children, that their marriage is less worthy than the marriages of others. The federal statute is invalid, for no legitimate purpose overcomes the purpose and effect to disparage and to injure those whom the State, by its marriage laws, sought to protect in personhood and dignity.
By seeking to displace this protection and treating those persons as living in marriages less respected than others, the federal statute is in violation of the Fifth Amendment.
District Court judge and is on hold until the Supreme Court issues its ruling. Supporters of legalizing same-sex marriage argue that the institution is a civil institution that comes with a host of legal privileges, including shared assets, benefits and citizenship.
To deny these rights to American citizens on the basis of their sexual preferences, they assert, is a violation of rights automatically granted to heterosexual couples. Opponents of same-sex marriage view it as sacrilegious, debasing religious beliefs and the laws of nature, and at odds with the primary marriage function of raising children.
Academic scholarship and research have much to say on the dynamics of the same-sex marriage debate in the public square and within lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender LGBT communities.
Historical background Open bibliography in its own window: Modern attitudes toward homosexuality have religious, legal, and medical underpinnings. A comprehensive, coeducational Catholic High school Diocese of Wollongong - Albion Park Act Justly, love tenderly and walk humbly with your God Micah Legal access to same-sex marriage leads to improved health for gay men, according to a new paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER).
The following are recent scholarly research papers and studies published from to April Georgetown Law Journal,Vol. First, we may see an increasing uptake by different-sex couples of marriage equivalent and marriage alternative statuses e.
If present demographic trends continue, the group of different-sex couples most likely to seek access to these new statuses will be persons middle-aged or older. Second, federal recognition of same-sex marriage, which will occur if the Defense of Marriage Act is invalidated or repealed, could significantly increase the number of same-sex couples who marry.
Social Science Research, March OLS regression results demonstrate that, though contact is strongly associated with greater support for same-sex marriage, the effect is attenuated for individuals with a higher proportion of religious conservatives in their core network.
Public Opinion Quarterly, summerVol. Inopposition was generally much higher for everyone; most respondents expressed at least some to strong disapproval of same-sex marriage inwhich was then reduced for the highly educated, urban residents, and those with less conservative or no religious affiliations… But, bysupport for same-sex marriage was much more broad-based, and opposition to same-sex marriage became more localized to specific subgroups — older Americans, southerners, African Americans, evangelical Protestants, and Republicans.
The decomposition analysis finds that changing same-sex marriage attitudes are not due to demographic changes in the American population.
Rather, the liberalization in same-sex marriage attitudes from to is due primarily to a general societal change in attitudes, as is evidenced by the large change in the constant. Taken together, the results suggest that changing attitudes toward same-sex marriage reflect a cultural shift.
It is particularly salient for social workers to keep abreast of legislation that is impacting vulnerable and disenfranchised populations. Since the social work profession espouses social justice values for those who are oppressed, inclusion of gays and lesbians in this mission must take a higher priority, especially in light of the social capriciousness that has recently emerged.
This article provides a history of the policies that have framed the current national debate about same-sex marriage as well as recent judicial and legislative changes. A summary of the social and economic consequences to same-sex marriage bans will be provided along with social work implications.
Journal of Family Issues,Vol. These data were gathered prior to the California Supreme Court decision in May legalizing same-sex marriage, which held sway for 5 months before California Proposition 8 eliminating same-sex marriage was passed by a voter referendum.
In addition to administering three quantitative measures Gay and Lesbian Acceptance and Social Support Index, Anticipated Impact of Marriage Scale, and The Couple Satisfaction Indexa qualitative approach to inquiry was used to derive themes in the reported experiences of the study participants.
Social Science Journal, SeptemberVol. After the legitimization, The New York Times became an activist for gay marriage.
Alternatively, the Chicago Tribune highlighted the importance of human morality associated with the gay marriage debate. The perspective of the Chicago Tribune was not dramatically influenced by the legitimization.
Journal of Social Issues, JuneVol. Gay Marriage Research Paper Most people believe that they deserve the rights they are granted by the government; an upstanding citizen who pays their taxes, serves their community and abides by the law should be afforded the rights of an American.
However, not all citizens are afforded equal rights. Homosexuality from Several Viewpoints. There are several aspects to the cultural debate surrounding homosexual behavior. In this article we will summarize the key considerations. Marriage Equality. The Australian Human Rights Commission considers that the fundamental human rights principle of equality means that civil marriage should be available, without discrimination, to all couples, regardless of sex, sexual orientation or gender identity.
Jul 03, · Opposition to Roe v. Wade has been a driving force in American conservatism for decades. But Obergefell v.
Hodges, the decision that legalized same-sex marriage. Gay marriage is also referred to as same sex marriage. Same sex relationships occur when men and women are attracted to someone of the same gender as themselves.
According to many opponents, gay marriages can be described as more of the abandonment of gender distinctions because one cannot have same sex marriage while. This argumentative essay on legalizing gay marriage describes why same-sex marriage should be allowed and why the Bible should not be looked upon for social justice.4/5(12).