The purpose of this paper is to show that gay marriage should be illegal. Merriam-Webster??™s Online Collegiate Dictionary defines marriage as the state of being united to a person of the opposite sex as husband or wife in a consensual and contractual relationship recognized by law. The reason that homosexual marriage is not a good thing is that it does not provide for the next generation, it goes against almost all biblical beliefs, and it creates quite a few important tax issues.
Heterosexual marriage is a marriage between a man and woman. If a man and a man, or a woman and a woman, were to be married to each other this would be called a homosexual marriage, or also known as gay marriage. Gay marriage is a civil rights, political, social, moral, and religious issue in many nations. Heterosexual marriage is sacred, and this makes the idea of homosexual marriage go against the grain of religion and society. The whole idea of gay marriage is a violation of basic biblical tenets. (Should Gay Marriage be Legal written by: The U.S. News & World Report). If gay marriage is a moral and an ???ok??? thing, then why were man and woman created, why not just all men or all women In the beginning God created Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve.
There are several legal issues that pertain to gay marriage. Marriage is a ???civil contract??? created by each state independently that establishes certain duties and confers certain benefits. Some states have made gay marriage legal and some have made gay marriage illegal. A few of the state laws are as listed: On May 17, 2004, the state of Massachusetts became the first state in the United States of America to make gay marriage legal. Meanwhile, Alabama, Arkansas, Alaska, Georgia, Hawaii, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, and Utah have enacted their own state constitutional amendments that limit marriages to heterosexual couples. (Same-sex marriages: legal issues. [Defense of Marriage Act]; page 2).
The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is a federal law that allows all states and provinces in America to refuse to recognize an act from another jurisdiction that has to do with a gay marriage. The DOMA in part reads like this ???No State, territory, or possession of the United States, or Indian tribe, shall be required to give effect to any public act, record, or judicial proceeding of any other State, territory, possession, or tribe respecting a relationship between person of the same sex that is treats as a marriage under the laws of such other State, territory, possession, or tribe, or a right or claim arising from such relationship.??? (Same-sex marriages: legal issues. [Defense of Marriage Act]; page 3).
Some people believe that the DOMA proposes unconstitutional regulations because of what the Full Faith and Credit Clause states. The Full Faith and Credit Clause is written so that each state has to recognize the laws and regulations from all the other states, but actually the DOMA is not unconstitutional. The reason it is not, is that DOMA only effects gay marriage among the states and not all of the laws from each state in general.
One of the most burdening governmental problems with gay marriage is the issue of taxes and how they deal with and effect gay marriage. Marriage benefits, such as being able to file taxes jointly, cost money that our America doesn??™t need to be spending on these certain benefits for homosexual marriages also. If gay marriage were to become legal, gay couples would become eligible for federal benefits and tax breaks just because they are in a minority. This would place a larger burden on all of the other people who have to fully pay their taxes, and an even greater burden on the United States National Treasury. This would cause some taxpayers to end up supporting a lifestyle they don??™t believe in. In attempt to address this issue a bill, introduced by Representative Bob Barr, a Georgia Republican would allow states to ban gay marriage and would make it clear that, for federal purposes, marriage means marriage of a heterosexual couple. (U.S. News & World Report: page 2)
Homosexual marriage will also have a large impact on Social Security if there are million of new dependents that will be entitled to survivor benefits. It will amount to billions of dollars on an already overburdened system. And how about the costs to American businesses Unproductive costs mean fewer jobs for those who need them. If this happens, the American government will have to raise the amount of taxes to provide for the millions of new ???spouses and other dependents??? (The Humanist, by Rob Boston)
Gay marriage is also responsible for ruining several of today??™s societies due again, to the fact of the gays not being able to produce children. Surveys have shown that about 1.5% of Americans openly admit that they are gay, and it is believed that about 5% of Americans are actually gay. If two people come together to form a couple, or a marriage, the whole purpose of this marriage is to be able to have children and to form a new generation. It??™s just common sense that if you have a man and a woman that their duty is to get together and reproduce to form a new generation. If too many gay marriages occur with very many of the people within a small village, society, country, or even a nation, there is a greater risk that not enough children will be born to replace the number of people dying everyday. The number of people in a group of people that have allowed gay marriage can, and most likely will, steadily decrease in number until their numbers are dwindling.
The implications for children in a world of decaying families are profound. A recent article in the Weekly Standard described how the advent of legally sanctioned gay unions in Scandinavian countries has already destroyed the institution of marriage, where half of today??™s children are born out of wedlock.
It is estimated now that based on demographic trends in this country that more than half of the babies born in 2011 will spend at least part of their childhood in single-parent homes.
Social scientists have been consistent in warning us against this fractured family. If the fractured family continues, almost every child will have several moms and dads, perhaps six or eight grandparents, and dozens of half-siblings. It will be a world where boys and girls are shuffled from pillar to post in a never-changing pattern of living arrangements where huge numbers of them will be raised in foster-care homes or living on the street. Imagine and environment where nothing is stable and where people think primarily about themselves and their own self-preservation.
It looks likely now that the demise of families will accelerate this type of decline dramatically, resulting in a chaotic culture that will be devastating to children.
The purpose of marriage between a man and a woman is so that someone will and has to be held responsible for their children and their family. If there is a marriage consisting of two people of the same sex, then who will be the father figure, or who will be the mother figure These are some of the dilemmas that gay couples face today. (Live Right or Die, page: 1)
With the legalization of homosexual marriage, every public school in the nation will be required to reach that this perversion is the moral equivalent of traditional marriage between a man and a woman. Textbooks, even in conservative states, will have to show man & man and woman & woman relationships, and stories written for children as young as elementary school, or even kindergarten, will have to give equal space to homosexuals.
Some of the other problems involved with homosexual marriages are religious issues. These issues not only have to do with the Bible??™s saying it is wrong (throughout the entire Bible not one example is found about someone having or being allowed to have a homosexual marriage), but they also deal with many facts of discrimination. If a certain church does not believe in gay marriage, it would not want a gay marriage to take place on its church grounds. If a church denies a gay couple permission to be married in or at their church, the government would have to call this denial discrimination against the gay community, and that specific church could get into a lot of trouble. (National Catholic Reporter: Pages 1-3)
In October 1989, Denmark became the first country to recognize gay marriage in the form of registered partnerships. In 2001, the Netherlands became the first nation to grant same-sex marriages. Same-sex marriages are granted and mutually recognized by Belgium, Spain, Canada, South Africa, Norway, and Sweden. In Nepal, their recognition has been judicially mandated, but not yet legislated. On January 8, 2010, the Parliament of Portugal passed legislation legalizing same-sex marriage. The bill is expected to be ratified by Conservative President Anibal Cavaco Silva. (Laws of Other Countries online)
The Canadian Parliament approved granting recognition of same-sex marriages, by defining marriage as the lawful union of two persons to the exclusion of all others in July 2005. A Conservative Government motion inviting Military Police to request repeal of same-sex marriage in Canada failed in December 2006, so same-sex marriages continue to be honored throughout the nation of Canada. (The Gay & Lesbian Review Worldwide, written by Irene Monroe)
In the United States, although gay marriages are not recognized federally, gay couples can currently marry in five states; (New Hampshire, Iowa, Massachusetts, Vermont, and Connecticut) and the District of Columbia, and receive state level benefits. Additionally, several other states offer civil unions or domestic partnerships, granting all or part of the state-level rights and responsibilities of marriage. (Same-Sex Marriages: Legal issues, written by Alison M. Smith) Thirty-one states have put gay marriage laws on the ballot, but have not passed them. This is a good thing. In 1996, the United States Congress passed the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), defining marriage solely as a union between a couple of the opposite sex for all federal purposes and allowing the non-recognition of homosexual marriages amongst all of the states. (Same-Sex Marriages: Legal issues, written by Alison M. Smith) President Barack Obama is opposed to gay marriage, but he supports full civil unions and federal rights for LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transsexual) couples, a full repeal of DOMA, and he called Proposition 8 unnecessary. (Same-Sex Marriages: Legal issues, written by Alison M. Smith)
Some supporters of gay marriage take the view that the government should have no role in regulating personal relationships, while others argue that gay marriage would provide social benefits to same-sex couples. A 2004 Statement by the American Anthropological Association ;states that there is no evidence that society needs to maintain marriage as an exclusively heterosexual institution, and further, the gay unions can contribute to stable and humane societies.
Many Christian groups have been vocal and politically active in opposing gay marriage laws in the United States. Christians opposed to gay marriage have claimed that extending marriage right to gay couples could undercut the conventional purpose of marriage, or would be contrary to God??™s will. Christian opposition to gay marriage also comes from the belief that same-sex marriage normalizes homosexual behavior and would encourage it, instead of encouraging resistance to same-sex attraction.
In 2010, a Mailman School of Public Health study examining the effects of institutional discrimination on the psychiatric health of lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) individuals found an increase in psychiatric disorders among the LGB population living in the states that instituted bans of same-sex marriage. According to the author the study highlighted the importance of abolishing institutional forms of discrimination, including those leading to disparities sin the mental health and well-being of LGB individuals. Institutional discrimination is characterized by societal-level conditions that limit the opportunities and access to resources by socially-disadvantages groups.
???Marriage in the United States shall consist only of the Union of a man and a woman. Neither this Constitution, nor the constitution of any State, shall be construed to require that marriage or the legal incidents thereof be conferred upon any union other that the union of a man and a woman.??? (A proposed constitutional amendment that was introduced to congress).