In America, the distinction can get blurry because states permit clergy to carry out both religious and civil marriage in a single ceremony. Con 2 Marriage is for procreation and should not be extended to same-sex couples because they cannot produce children together.
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Pro 2 Same-sex couples should have access to the same benefits enjoyed by heterosexual married couples. Pro 9 Gay couples make good parents. There are 1, benefits, rights and protections available to married couples in federal law alone, according to a General Accounting Office assessment made in Lesbian activist M.
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I Agree I Disagree. Brave Journeys. In each year, same sex marriage and union laws were separately encoded in each state with a proportion representing how much of that year the law was in effect. Marriage data were obtained for all fifty states plus the District of Columbia from through One high-profile opponent of gay rights was singer and former Miss Oklahoma Anita Bryant who founded the group Save Our Children and campaigned to repeal local ordinances that prohibited discrimination based on sexual orientation.
Robert Gluck. Wilhelm Reich. If marriage was so "sacred" they'd also be pursuing the outlawing of heterosexual divorce.
Con 8 Legalizing gay marriage often leads to an end to domestic partnership benefits for gay and straight couples, which disadvantages couples who choose not to get married. Here are the proper bibliographic citations for this page according to four style manuals in alphabetical order :.
A study published on Apr. Our Latest Updates archived after 30 days. The US Constitution contains no explicit right to marry. Con 5 Allowing gay couples to wed could further weaken the institution of marriage.