Same Sex Couples Should Have the Same Marital Rights as
Opposite Sex Couples
May 5, 2015
Same Sex Couples Should Have the Same
Rights as Opposite Sex Couples
The controversy over same sex marriages in the United States is a heated debate. All across the nation states have placed referendums or amendments to their state constitutions calling for the legalization or banning of same sex marriages by one name or another before the voters. The issue ultimately will probably be decided in the nation’s courts and in particular the Supreme Court of the United States. Regardless of future legislation or judicial decisions same sex couples should be afforded the same rights as heterosexual couples in their pursuit of life, liberty, and happiness as secured by the Constitution of the United States.
The institution of marriage is a recognized concept in most if not all societies today. Recognized in one form or another it has stood the test of time. Throughout history, marriages were arranged or initiated for three main reasons, the consolidation of resources and wealth, forging political alliances, and consummating peace treaties (Thomas-Dusing, 2014). Although the consummation of peace treaties through the right of marriage has waned in the modern era millions of people around the world and here in the United States, continue to consolidate resources and forge alliances to navigate the exigencies of life through the practice.
Recent years have seen a shift in the concept of marriage around the world. Many nations have developed alongside the more traditional practice, the idea of civil unions or domestic partnerships that encompass many of the privileges afforded marriages to same sex and non-romantic couplings (Estelle & Rault, 2013). The conservative right and others in the United State have vehemently argued against the introduction of civil partnerships citing that marriage and its allowances are...