Gay Marriages...My teacher asked us to write an essay on gay marriages, and if we thought they would be legalized all over the US. Because of the "full faith and credit act" states have...

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American Government

Gay Marriages

Our Constitution states that our fundamental rights are the right to have an abortion, relatives living with you, contraception, marriage, procreation, and an education. The main problem with gay marriages is under the Constitution you do not have a fundamental right to same-sex marriages. Although the Constitution does not specifically say you cannot marry the same sex, it doesn't say you can, either. The other major problem is that if states do choose to recognize a gay marriage as legal, such marriages may not be valid in those states because of the full faith and credit act. This presents a number of problems and a tremendous amount of opposition within the fifty states. On top of all that, there would be the question of what to do about federal rights like immigration, Social Security, and federal tax law. Our nation has enough problems as it is; it doesn't need to be completely resculpted.

I believe in having equal rights, but this poses a problem on a much larger scale because of the full faith and credit act and the constitutional issues.

While many heterosexuals are against gay marriage because of religious beliefs and other various differences, people still have a fundamental right to be gay if they want or practice whatever religion they want as long as those practices don't break the laws. But the laws on same sex marriages is clearly in question.

One of the reasons I believe this event of legalizing gay marriages will never work is because our society is too stilted on the sanctity of marriage. Furthermore, my other main concern is for any children of those gay marriages. Psychologists have proven a child needs a male and female role models to mature and grow naturally. One can only imagine...