Love and Marriage: Should marriage be between only a man and a woman?

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Love and Marriage...

For thousands of years, many cultures around the world have recognized marriage as a union between a man and a woman. In the majority of the modern nations, including the United States, same-sex couples cannot be legally married due to the legal rights of marriage (Strasser 43). Many political conservatives oppose gay marriage because of the fact that there are many legalities that come with marriage. A majority of the legalities deal with issues such as benefits, tax breaks, and, basically, money. However, gay couples continue to fight their state's legal system to have the right of legal marriage because they are, too, just a couple in love. Will both parties ever come to a conclusion? Perhaps, they can consider a median.

In July of 2000, the state of Vermont made it legal for same-sex couples to join in a Civil Union. A Civil Union is defined as a legal relationship that provides same-sex couples in Vermont all the state's benefits, protections, and responsibilities under law as are granted to spouses in a marriage (

Some politicians support Civil Unions, but not gay marriage. What exactly does this mean? Some even say they support equal rights for gays and lesbians, but not marriage. These statements lead to questions about the similarities and differences of marriage and civil unions. A civil union promotes a separate but equal system and a marriage promotes full equality between heterosexual couples. Also, in a civil union, couples receive about 300 state rights, but none of the 1,049 federal rights such as immigration, social security, and spousal benefits. In a marriage, heterosexual couples receive all state rights, all federal legal rights, and responsibilities ( All states recognize the laws of marriage, but the laws of civil unions are recognized only in...