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Research Paper in English 8 *Same Sex Marriage* Table Of Contents: I.Introduction II.Description III.Cause&Effect IV.Comparison&Contrast V.Conclusion Name: Christine B. Sanguyo Gr&Sec: 8-Aquamarine Teacher: Ma’am Ho

I.Introduction: The debate over same-sex marriage has been a prominent issue in our society over many years now, appearing in several ballot initiatives such as California's Proposition 8. The idea of allowing two people of the same gender to enter into the institution of marriage has brought out drastic emotions and reactions from many different groups of people. Those who engage in the debate believe strongly in their convictions; the two loudest voices tend to come from the gay community and the religious community, the former arguing in favor of same-sex marriage and the latter against it. Religious groups, predominantly from a Christian based faith, seem to be the single most influential force in the attempts to keep same-sex marriage illegal. Proposition 8 passed by a vote of 52% to 48%; according to one exit poll 81% of self-identified Evangelicals supported the proposition and those who say they attend church services weekly supported it by a vote of 84%. Compare this to the non-Christians who supported Proposition 8 by a much smaller margin of 15% and those who do not attend church regularly by a vote of 17%. In order to better understand the significance of these numbers, it is important to note that forty five percent of Californian voters say that they attend church services weekly, with an additional twelve percent of voters who attend church services at least once a month. This does not include the voters who also attend for religious holidays such as Christmas or Easter (Stone 2008). Thus these statistics represent a large portion of Californians, and thus a majority of voters. Not only is a religious preference translating through the vote, but also the initial funding and awareness efforts for ballot initiatives such as Proposition 8 come largely from religious groups. A month prior to the election when Prop 8 was on the ballot, supporters had contributed over $19.7 million to the initiative, and an estimated 43% of that or $8.3 million came from Mormons both in and out of state. Leaders from the Mormon community, from the Church of Jesus Christ of Christ of Latter-day Saints, headquartered in Utah, strategized how to get Mormons from around the country involved in the passing of Proposition 8, whether by contributing time or money. And it was such efforts as these, made by religious groups, which helped push Proposition 8 through at the last minute. The convictions of these religious groups on homosexuality and same-sex marriage are strong, stemming from their sacred text, the Bible. The point of this essay, however, is not to question the validity of the scripture that is so frequently referenced in order to justify their efforts to keep homosexual marriage illegal. What I do take issue with is the idea that one group's beliefs and values are affecting, and essentially governing, the manner in which American citizens are allowed to live their lives. Our country is composed of diverse people who hold countless different belief systems, faiths, and ways of life. It concerns me that one single religious point of view can prohibit an entire group of individuals from being able to express love for another by entering into marriage, something that the majority of us take for granted. How is it that religious concerns are dictating the functioning structure of a secular institution? It is my belief that the religious argument does not currently belong in the legal or public policy debate over same-sex marriage. The various concerns that religious groups use, as reasons to prohibit homosexual marriage, are in my opinion weak and can actually be turned around and made into arguments in support of same-sex marriage. However, I think it is important to first get a brief understanding of how religion and marriage became so invariably linked together.

II.Description Same-sex marriage (also known as gay marriage) is marriage between two people of the same biological sex and/or gender identity. Legal recognition of same-sex marriage or the possibility to perform a same-sex marriage is sometimes referred to as marriage equality or equal marriage, particularly by supporters. The legalization of same-sex marriage is characterized as "redefining marriage" by many opponents. The first laws in modern times enabling same-sex marriage were enacted during the first decade of the 21st century. As of 19 August 2013, fifteen countries (Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, France, Iceland, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Spain, South Africa, Sweden, Uruguay) and several sub-national jurisdictions (parts of Mexico and the United States) allow same-sex couples to marry. A law has been passed by the Westminster Parliament in the United Kingdom, effective in England and Wales, which will be fully in force on 29 March 2014. The Scottish parliament has passed a bill that allows same-sex marriages to take place from October 2014. Polls in various countries show that there is rising support for legally recognizing same-sex marriage across race, ethnicity, age, religion, political affiliation, and socioeconomic status. Introduction of same-sex marriage laws has varied by jurisdiction, being variously accomplished through a legislative change to marriage laws, a court ruling based on constitutional guarantees of equality, or by direct popular vote (via a ballot initiative or a referendum). The recognition of same-sex marriage is a political, social, human rights and civil rights issue, as well as a religious issue in many nations and around the world, and debates continue to arise over whether same-sex couples should be allowed marriage, or instead be allowed to hold a different status (a civil union), or be denied such rights. Same-sex marriage can provide LGBT taxpayers with government services and make financial demands on them comparable to those afforded to and required of male- female married couples. Same-sex marriage also gives them legal protections such as inheritance and hospital visitation rights. Some analysts state that financial, psychological and physical well-being are enhanced by marriage, and that children of same-sex couples benefit from being raised by two parents within a legally recognized union supported by society's institutions. Court documents filed by American scientific associations also state that singling out gay men and women as ineligible for marriage both stigmatizes and invites public discrimination against them.The American Anthropological Association avers that social science research does not support the view that either civilization or viable social orders depend upon not recognizing same-sex marriage. Same-sex marriages can be performed in a secular civil ceremony or in a religious setting. Various faith communities around the world support allowing same-sex couples to marry or conduct same-sex marriage ceremonies; for example: Buddhism in Australia, Church of Sweden, Conservative Judaism,U.S. Episcopalians, Humanistic Judaism, Native American religions with a two-spirit tradition, Druids, the Metropolitan Community Church, Quakers,Reconstructionist Judaism, Reform Judaism, Unitarian Universalists, the United Church of Canada, the United Church of Christ, and Wiccans, as well as various other progressive and modern Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, and Jewish groups and various minor religions and other denominations.

III.Cause&Effect There is no denying the fact that the Church has become more and more worldly in its lifestyle. We listen to the same music, watch the same movies, dress the same, talk the same and relate to each other the same as the world does. I think we need to stop allowing culture shifts to change us. Music and Movies constantly shift – not usually for the better; clothing fads change swiftly. God created Man and Woman. God created Marriage. God created Family. He knows how it all works, He understands our minds and our hearts and our bodies in ways we never could . The divorce rate will increase and innumerable children will be raised missing that reflection of Gods love for us. Marriage is not just a union between a man and a woman. Marriage is a picture of the Church and Christ. We cannot allow that picture to fade. These days many people question not only their sexual orientation but their personal gender. I believe that this is an effect of same sex relationships. A child cannot grow up understanding their own sexuality if they do not understand that from their parents. A young man cannot learn how to be the man God created him to be without having a father figure to look to. We cannot lose these gender roles in our world! When we misunderstand and let go of our gender roles everything else is confused. We find men lazy and without purpose. We find women frenzied and overwhelmed. A man is not happy if he cannot lead. A woman is not happy if she has to mask her caring nature. We need to embrace our personal gender roles in a world where everything is confused so our children can grow up understanding just who they were made to be in a world that has lost that. At the end of it all I believe that if same sex marriages are legalized and continue to grow in our culture – and especially in the Christain sphere – we will lose our conviction of God’s original design. The Garden of Eden is proof of the goodness and perfection of God’s plan. The more we eat of the forbidden fruit the more of that awe for God we lose. We cannot simply allow ourselves to wallow in our humanity, personal choice and what we, as human beings, consider right or beautiful. We will be wrong every time. Sin breeds death. Living in Gods plan alone – in every area of our lives – breeds true freedom. There will be no guilt, no worry, and no bigotry if we truly walk in the steps our Lord laid out for us.

IV.Comparison&Contrast Many same-sex couples want the right to legally marry because they are in love — many, in fact, have spent the last 10, 20 or 50 years with that person — and they want to honor their relationship in the greatest way our society has to offer, by making a public commitment to stand together in good times and bad, through all the joys and challenges family life brings. Many parents want the right to marry because they know it offers children a vital safety net and guarantees protections that unmarried parents cannot provide. And still other people — both gay and straight — are fighting for the right of same-sex couples to marry because they recognize that it is simply not fair to deny some families the protections all other families are eligible to enjoy. Currently in the United States, same-sex couples in long-term, committed relationships pay higher taxes and are denied basic protections and rights granted to married straight couple - including Social Security benefits, immigration, health insurance, estate taxes, family leave, nursing homes, home protection and pensions. Comparing marriage to civil unions and domestic partnerships is a bit like comparing diamonds to rhinestones. One is, quite simply, the real deal; the other is not. Opposite- sex couples who are eligible to marry may have their marriage performed in any state and have it recognized in every other state in the nation and every country in the world. Couples who are joined in a civil union or domestic partnership have no guarantee that its protections will travel with them to other states. Moreover, even couples who have civil unions or domestic partnerships receive only second-class protections in comparison to their married friends and neighbors. While they receive some state-level protections, they do not receive any of the more than 1,100 federal benefits and protections of marriage.

V. Conclusion After examining the various arguments put forth in attempts to justify the prohibition of same-sex marriage, the only one that holds any true validity is the argument derived from scripture, which cannot be disconfirmed. But, using a purely religious text or concern to preclude a group of people from a civil institution is unconstitutional as well as an abridgement of the separation of church and state ideal. Even looking solely at the religious aspects of the debate, there are differing views as to what exactly the Christian faith prescribes about homosexuality and same-sex marriage. There are pieces of scripture that oppose it, while others can be used to support it; some churches are more than willing to perform marriage ceremonies for same-sex couples, and some religious leaders preach the need for acceptance of homosexuality and same-sex marriage. So if religious believers as a whole do not even agree that it is absolutely wrong and should be prohibited, how can they justify banning same-sex marriage regardless of the arguments put forth? I therefore believe that due to its messiness, religion should play no role whatsoever in keeping same-sex marriage illegal in the United States. I think that Americans are beginning to see the debate of same-sex marriage for what it is, an issue of equality and rights. We are a nation that prides itself on freedom and equality for its citizens, and I do not think we can continue on in such a blatant rejection of these ideals from a single group of people. Thus I believe the passing of Proposition 8 and other similar ballot initiatives to be against the values represented by the U.S. Constitution. It is also my belief that same-sex marriage should be made legal throughout the United States. Religious groups who oppose same-sex marriage are holding on to a faith-based objection, which denies gays and lesbians a basic human right. Such a consideration is not enough, nor is it acceptable, and it goes against the ideals upheld by the Constitution, ideals of freedom and equality that make this great nation what it is #harthart<3 #love’our’gender

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