Same Sex Marriage the Topic Research Proposal

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Proponents counter this argument with statistics showing that many marriages end in divorce, that the core nature of society is independent of marriage, and that the issue of civil rights requires rethinking marriage since the prerequisite of having children has diminished over time.

Thus, the validity of the study is focused less on the institution itself, and more on the very basic nature of how we view individual civil rights. If we have laws that prevent ethic and gender bias, then how can we prevent a civil union? If religion and state are separate, how can the government dictate Church policy? If we acknowledge that a family unit can be many things, and that marriage is also about a commitment before society and legal protection for partners, then how can we be a democratic nation and deny basic human rights?

Preliminary Sources:

Differing Definitions of Marriage and Family. (2008). Focus on the Family. Retrieved from: http://www.citizenlink.org/pdfs/fosi / marriage/DifferingDefinitionsofMarriage.pdf

Study Finds Why Marriage is on the Decline. (July 26, 1999). JET. Retrieved from:

http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1355/is_8_96/ai_55398733/?tag=content;col1

Gallagher, M. (2001). What is Marriage for? The Public Purposes of Marriage Law.

Louisiana Law Review. 62(2): Retrieved from: http://www.marriagedebate.com / pdf/What%20is%20Marriage%20For.pdf

Gallagher, M. (2003). Why Marriage Matters. Testimony Before the U.S. Senate

Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights…. September 3, 2003. Retrieved from:

http://www.marriagedebate.com/pdf/SenateSept42003.pdf

Lee. R. (1993). Kathleen Gough -- 1925-1990). Proceedings of the Royal Society of Canada. IV. Retrieved from: http://tspacetest.library.utoronto.ca: 8080/bitstream/1778/27128/1/Lee1993Kathleen.pdf

Popenoe, D., Whitehead, B. (2010). The State of Our Unions. In Behrens, L. And Rosen, L. Writing and Reading Across the Curriculum. New York: Longman.

Sullivan, a. (2009). Same Sex Marriage in History. eNotAlone. Retrieved from:

http://www.enotalone.com/article/4358.html

Westermark, E. (1921). History of Human Marriage. Retrieved from: http://books.google.com / books?id=ShU3N7_GaMYC&printsec=frontcover&dq=the#v=onepage&q=&f=false

Sources Used in Document:

Sullivan, a. (2009). Same Sex Marriage in History. eNotAlone. Retrieved from:

http://www.enotalone.com/article/4358.html

Westermark, E. (1921). History of Human Marriage. Retrieved from: http://books.google.com / books?id=ShU3N7_GaMYC&printsec=frontcover&dq=the#v=onepage&q=&f=false

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