In the last 45 years gay groups have been fighting with mainstream America in order to gain the right to enjoy the same rights as all other Americans. In the last ten years they have been fighting for their right to join in marriage. The individual States are left to determine the laws that govern this situation. Gays and other liberals feel that they have a right to join together in harmony, while the conservative groups in the United States fight this position adamantly. We will look at the arguments for both sides, to determine which side has a strongest argument.
Advocates for the Homosexual Marriages have argued that by not allowing the homosexual marriages to occur, gays are having their religious freedoms denied. The groups get this argument from the First Amendment of the Constitution that states, which states that a person’s religious views or lack thereof must be protected. Marriage is a secular activity; the government cannot start making laws just because religion says they should. The argument hits home directly accusing the states of violating the group’s First Amendment rights of the gay population. If the federal government would back out of this debate, then homosexual marriages could blossom. They feel that the federal government has over stepped its bounds, allowing the states to uphold this law. (Messerli, n.d.).
The advocates feel that by passing these laws to allow homosexual marriage, family values will not be weakened. They are saying that allowing homosexuals to marry will result in the world being a better place. They feel that society will not only continue to exist, but it will continue to thrive. They reference a study that was published on April 13, 2009 in Social Science Quarterly, in which it was found that when laws are in place that allows same sex marriage, there is no negative effect on marriage, divorce, and abortion rates. The laws have been researched for more than a century by the Executive Board of the American Anthropological Association to find no support for degrading the family values. This board has found that if anything; this will contribute to stabilizing societies allowing the world to live in a peaceful setting (Procon. org, 2104).
The groups that are pushing for same sex marriage have been using the thesis that the United States denying them the right to marry is equivalent to the struggle for racial equality and civil rights. The opposing groups discount this stating that homosexuality is a choice, not an accident of birth. They argue that this is not the same, because the people that struggled for equality and civil rights had no choice to be anything but who they are. In the example of African American people, they could not wake up every morning and choose to be of a race that was not persecuted. They also state that it is better for a man and women to raise children together, rather than two female or males raising a child (Wyk, 2013).