Legislatures and Courts History The public national discussion around same-sex marriage first began in when the Hawaii Supreme Court ruled that laws denying same-sex couples the right to marry violated state constitutional equal protection rights unless the state could show a "compelling reason" for such discrimination. Since that time, many states have taken actions to clearly define marriage as a relationship between a man and a woman and others have allowed same-sex couples to marry. Beforeseven states had laws that defined marriage as a relationship between a man and a woman.
The so-called "activist judges" were simply intelligent jurists who saw that American Constitutional democracy doesn't allow for religious-based discrimination.
But it's too bad they framed the issue as the right to marry, instead of as the similarity between gay relationships and traditional "common law marriage. That's really how we use the term "married" in gay life anyway.
People speak of themselves as being married in the sense of having a stable romantic partner even though the legal standing doesn't really apply. Of course, there would be times and situations where things needed to have been more legally specified, times when property and money were disputed over, or inheritances passed on.
But those should be handled in legal contracts anyway. Besides, the loose term "married" shouldn't have to imply so many contractual obligations and agreements. That it does is what requires the creation of another kind of legal contract: It's ironic that the forces that want to prevent gay people from marrying don't see these so-called "prenuptual agreements" as, by far, the greater threat to tradaitional marriage.
Who asks to see marriage licenses to prove couples are actually married? What difference does it make? Let us accord one another respect for the intimate, meaning-giving relationship in our lives.
Human beings "tend to come in pairs. Coupling with another person for companionship and especially physical intimacy with one another which is what the term "married" most implies is part of our experience of creating our worlds.
We literally create our lives by having somebody else to talk with about and share the experience with. Of course, not all of us seem to need that kind of partnership. Lots of us are loners. Why Gay People SHOULD Get Married Coupling, especially when it's recognized and celebrated by friends and associates--as happens in a regular ceremony of Marriage or Holy Union, gives people a sense of safety and security in their most intimate relationship.
Coupling tends naturally towards monogamy, and alleviates the continual sexual pressures of promiscuity. In that sense, coupling is good for one's physical health AND one's mental health. Coupling in the gay world is one of the simplest protections from the dangers of AIDS.
We understand sex differently; we have a different model for what our partners means to us and their places in our lives. The fundamental model of marriage that most heterosexuals embrace--and famously proclaim as "family values"--just doesn't apply to us.
And we shouldn't want it to. Heterosexual marriage is based around the emotional attractions of the opposite poles of the male-female polarity. This is about the complementarity of the organs of reproduction.
The emotional bonding of man and woman fills the missing half of each in order to create the one whole being which then gives birth to new life. Heterosexual marriage is about bonding at the level of reproduction and subsequent creation of a nest and household in which to raise children.
The model of the family is traditionally hierarchical and structured. The male and female partners have roles specified for them by their sexual function in the relationship. Gay relationships are not based on this kind of attraction at all.
Sexual attraction is not about the complementarity of the physical organs. Gay people don't have sex in order to complete a bio-hormonal process. Our sex is not about glands and organs. Gay people don't see their partners as "other halves,"with body parts and traits and gender-defined roles that complete them.
From a purely functionalist perspective like that, say, of St. Augustinethen gay sex has no function; and even straight sex should be entered into only for the purpose of fertilizing the egg in the female and done in a way that gives the minimally necessary amount of pleasure for the male to perform his function.
But then that's missing the point of what sex is as a state of consciousness. Even for straight people, sex is mostly about pleasure and neurodynamics in the brain.
It's those neurodynamics that gay sex witnesses to. Our sex is about sharing that pleasure with another body, because the presence of another body either in reality or in imagination is what gets those processes in consciousness going. Gay love and sex is about seeing one's Self in one's partner, that is, seeing that one's partner is an expression and manifestation of consciousness just as one is oneself.
It's "God's" realization that he's the consciousness in every being in the universe, for the universe is "God" evolving into God and discovering himself in everything. In this sense, gay relationship has mystical overtones that reverberate with the spiritual messages of almost all the world's religions that God is the ultimate unity and harmony in the cosmos.2 Same-Sex Marriage Should be Legal The issue of same-sex marriage has been heavily debated in the United States for decades.
Many cases have been brought before the courts since the s, including the United States Supreme Court ruling that dismissed one of three cases that same-sex couples brought before the Court.
A deeply divided Supreme Court on Friday delivered a historic victory for gay rights, ruling 5 to 4 that the Constitution requires that same-sex couples be allowed to marry no matter where they live.
Nov 05, · The definition of marriage has been extended to include same-sex couples whether you like it or not.
This definition of marriage extends from South Africa to Sweden to Canada. Narrow minded Americans do have the ability to deprive their citizens of equality, but . Gay couples should definitely be allowed to adopt because they are more than capable of supplying a caring home and they have the right to adopt along with receiving the same .
Federal Judge Rules Same-Sex Marriages Allowed Immediately In Cook County, Illinois "There is no reason to delay further when no opposition has been presented to this Court and committed gay and lesbian couples have already suffered from the denial of their fundamental right to marry.".
The New Mexico Supreme Court ruled on Dec. 19, , that same-sex couples are allowed to marry. Before the ruling, New Mexico was the only state without a law or constitutional provision explicitly banning or allowing same-sex marriage. Some county officials had issued marriage licenses to same-sex couples in previous years.