Same sex marrige: discuss a major issue with two opposing sides.

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African-Americans were only allowed to marry in all areas after the civil war in the U.S. Mixed race couples could only marry after a U.S. Supreme Court decision was made in 1967. Gay marriages however, couldn't marry anywhere in the world until now. As you can see, the institution of marriage has been in a state of instability for centuries and it will continue to be that way until there is an agreement, but considering the variety of the worldwide views, this may never happen. Same-sex marriage is an extremely opinionated topic.

In April 2001, Holland was the first country to make same-sex marriage legal where they expanded their definition of marriage to include both opposite-sex and same sex marriages. Belgium followed their lead and made it legal on January 2003, and continuing with the same year was Ontario, Canada in July. Homosexual marriages can just be performed in Massachusetts in the USA. Only a few weeks ago, was same-sex marriage made legal in Britain. Isn't it surprising how quickly it is spreading?

Gay activists argue that "marriage is a `basic human right,' and choice of marriage partners should in no way be regulated by government." Therefore, same-sex couples should be allowed to legally marry. The last line of the Pledge of Allegiance in the USA declares "with liberty and justice for all." Why can't that be true?

David Shapiro, the managing editor of The Honolulu Star-Bulletin answered this argument by saying:

There's no civil right to marry whomever you wish. Gay and lesbian couples aren't the only ones who can't get marriage licenses. You can't get a license to marry your brother or sister. You can't get a license to marry more than one person at a time. You can't get a license to marry a 9-year-old child...