Is it fair to be punished for loving a person of the same-sex? The Supreme Court of the United States ruled that the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage. Is this a good thing? Homosexuality is illegal in many countries. Leaders punish their own citizens by jail, or even death, for being gay. In the United States, however, many states allow gay marriage. Some people approve of it, but also, some do not. Society also plays a big part in the gay marriage legalization process. Same-sex marriage is a major controversial issue in the United States; specific examples would be the views of Americans, pros and cons of same-sex marriage, and the reality of it in the United States.
The views of Americans are extremely different from one another. The people of America have many different opinions about gay marriage. In 1996, 27 percent of United States citizens approved of legalizing gay marriage (Ford 20). A major reason certain Americans are against it is because of their belief in God. Romans 1:26-27 says
“That is why God abandoned them to their shameful desires. Even the women turned against the natural way to have sex and instead indulged in sex with each other. And the men, instead of having sexual relations with women, burned with lust for one another. Men did shameful things with other men, and as a result of this sin, they suffered within themselves the penalty they deserved.” (New Living Translation, Romans 1:26-27).
January Dodson believes that gay marriage is wrong in her opinion, because she is a firm believer in Christ. God is strictly against homosexuality. She is not the only one who has that perspective. Westboro Baptist Church believes that homosexuals, or gays, shall be put to death because of their sexuality.
Although there are people who do not approve of it, there are those who do. Many heterosexuals still believe in gay marriage. In our society today, 55 percent of Americans are pro gay marriage, which is a record high. "Why is it that, as a culture, we are more comfortable seeing two men holding guns than holding hands?" (Gay Marriage ProCon.org). Teresa Dooley says, “Since I have been affected by it, because I have a gay daughter, I have gotten softer on my views. I believe that they should have the benefits of marriage like health insurance being shared, as well as retirement. I agree more of a civil union more than gay marriage because of my faith in God.” “Love is love” says one commenter on Procon.org. About five percent of Americans are indifferent about their views.
There are many pros and cons of gay marriage in America. There are many perks about it. Gay marriage in the United States can bring financial gain to state and local government. Income from gay marriage comes from marriage licenses, higher income taxes, and decreases in costs for state benefit programs (Gay Marriage Procon.org). The gay marriage right is protected by the US Constitution’s commitments to liberty and equality. If one is all...