Country in the Recognition of Same Gender Essay

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country in the recognition of same gender marriages?

Not only will the legalization of gay marriage positively affect the institution of marriage, but it will show a strongly divided nation the way to find consensus in a very serious matter. Gay marriage has not always been on the agenda of those who advocated for the gay rights and therefore, when it finally came up, it was first dismissed as something beside the point.

Surprisingly for the twenty-first century, the American society today is still divided when it comes to the issue of legalizing gay marriage. Instead of looking at the benefits, many Americans would rather keep their negative view on the issue, hoping it will go away. This happens in an era when more and more people consider the issue as something that will be solved inevitably, sooner or later. What every American citizen should do is to ask him or herself why do homosexual people want to gain the same rights as heterosexual when it comes to marriage, too. What would America have to gain vs. what would America have to loose if millions of people who identify themselves as LGBT would be free to legally marry whomever they wanted? How would such a decision affect the rest of the world? If gay marriages were to become legal in all of the U.S., the American society as a whole would become stronger, it would send a message of trust to its citizens along with a positive message to the rest of the world. Human rights would gain a valuable point here.

According to some demographic surveys, there is an estimate of nine million Americans who identify themselves as LGBT, eight million of which are adults

(the Williams Institute). The history of legalizing civil same sex marriage in the U.S. has come a long way since 2004 when there was no U.S. state the recognized such unions. There are fourteen states and the DC that declare gay marriage legal now. According to Pew Research Center, there are over seventy thousand same-sex marriages in the U.S. today. There are thus seventy plus families that are recognized by the law, that have benefits and make their contribution to the American society.

Why do people want to get married in the first place and what benefits them from it? The answer is simple. They want to get recognition of their union, they want to get recognition within their families, they want to get the benefits a legally married couple has today in the U.S., they want to be able to adopt children, they want a…

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The Williams Institute, © Copyright MMXI The Williams Institute, available at http://williamsinstitute.law.ucla.edu/research/census-lgbt-demographics-studies/how-many-people-are-lesbian-gay-bisexual-and-transgender/

Desilver, Drew, How many same-sex marriages in the U.S. At least 71,165, probably more. The Pew Research Center, Copyright 2013 Pew Research Center Available at: http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2013/06/26/how-many-same-sex-marriages-in-the-u-s-at-least-71165-probably-more/

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