Gay Mariage: Should It be Denied

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Marriage: Should It Be Denied By the Government

Marriage joins two people in a sacred bond. It demands that they make an exclusive commitment to each other, and in turn two separate individuals become one as a family. Yet, today marriage is in crisis; nearly half end in divorce. Marriage is a sacred vow of "till death do us part" trying to survive in a society where marriage is just another contract that is easily broken. So, how can anyone refuse marriage to a couple that are truly committed to one another and can save the prestige of this institution? The government, however, can and does deny marriage. Homosexual couples are banned from marriage and forbidden to enter into this powerful and honorable institution; a gay or lesbian couple may love each other as deeply as any two people, yet still cannot marry. Today, the question of legalizing gay marriage is a widespread topic.

Society is growing and adapting. Some of what once was unthinkable is now evident in our culture such as, interracial marriage. Many, though, still intensely oppose same-sex marriages. The desire to have the benefits of marriage, as well as the change in ideology of society are some of the reasons people want gay marriage; however, many people are concerned about the possible effects such as new state laws, greater tolerance, and more infidelity and a negative influence on youth.

Why are gays fighting so hard for marriages when many are willing to "compromise" and grant civil unions? Most civil union and domestic partnership laws grant similar rights and privileges to same-sex couples that married heterosexual couples enjoy. That would include filing joint tax returns, giving partners a say in medical decisions, joint health coverage and adoption privileges. The law, however, just recently permitted these rights, and...