Same Sex Marriages

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Same-Sex Marriages Sergius and Bacchus, two people madly in love with each other. Did I mention they were both male? Yet, they were persecuted and tortured to death by the Romans for their Christian beliefs, not their sexual orientation. In fact, during the Middle Ages the relationship between Sergius and Bacchus was considered a model of compassionate union, and possibly marriage, based on [love] and respect (Eskridge 1). Obviously, the Romans and other people of the Middle Ages were tolerant with the homosexuality issue. Today, the attitude towards same-sex marriages is not as open-minded as it was during the 13th and 14th centuries. Although I do not condone homosexuality, I do not object to allowing gays and lesbians to marry. However, there is a major problem with prohibiting same-sex marriage for several reasons. Prohibiting same-sex marriages is inconsistent with the basis on which this country was instituted on, and it presents problems concerning health or emergency issues only "relatives" can be part of.

This country was founded on the premise that "all men are created equal... with certain unalienable rights." Those unalienable rights include the pursuit of happiness. By prohibiting homosexuals the right to marry, society is denying that couple of their happiness. Homosexuals possess feelings just like anyone else, gay or straight, and deserve all the rights and privileges given to the people of this country. If marrying is what homosexuals desire, their rapture is being hindered by refusing to recognize same-sex marriages, and that is clearly a contradiction of the essence on which America was created. Marriage should be a time honored institution based on love and respect between two people, regardless of sexual preference.

Those opposed to legalizing same-sex marriages say that homosexual couples cannot provide the proper shelter and nurture necessary for raising children,