Research Proposal Same Sex Marriage By Julz Matheney This proposal deals with rights and the proposed Marriage Ammendment.

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Research Proposal

Same Sex Marriage and the Proposed Federal Marriage Amendment

Focus of Research

Same sex marriage has been one of the many recent political "hot" topics. It is a popular subject in political debate, national newspapers, and media coverage. These debates, articles, and reports are often focusing on rights outlined in constitutional laws, amendments and Bill of Rights as a source of the right of same sex couples to marry. Some states have addressed the issue of such rights in court cases throughout the United States with varying outcomes.

This research paper is concerned with the proposed Federal Marriage Amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman. It will examine the Fourteenth Amendment and the equal protection clause. It will also examine previous court cases and the outcomes. It will further demonstrate possible economic concerns of legalized same sex marriage.

Research Question

What issues and possible constitutional infringements surround the proposed Federal Marriage Amendment?


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