The Pros And Cons Of Same-Sex Marriage In The United States

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In the ancient world marriage served as a means of retaining power. Those that had wealth would marry into other prestige family to maintain the stronghold. Throughout the centuries marriage has become like technology, modern. It has become primarily a personal contract between two equals seeking love, stability, and happiness. This new definition opened the door to gays and lesbians claiming a right to be married, too. (Anonymous) In 2001, Netherlands became the first country to legalize gay marriage. They were soon followed South Africa, Spain, Canada and a great number of other countries and as of 2015, even the United States of American. ( But due to its unique service to society, marriage can never be a private lifestyle choice, but must remain between a man and a woman.

However, some may argue that same sex marriage is nothing new and dates back over some six hundred years. (Tulchin) During mid evil Europe, same sex union was a common practice until it was banned. Others may suggest that gay marriage has increased child adoption. Since homosexual relationships can not reproduce children of their own, they’re forced to take in, love and care for an innocent child who would otherwise be suffering in foster child institutions. Gary Gates’ analyses showed that adoptive parenting was clearly on the raise. Among couples with children, the proportion of same-sex couples who had adopted children had nearly doubled from 10% to 19% between 2000 and 2009.

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