Laurie Seale. Pro 12 Legalizing gay marriage will not harm the institution of marriage, and same-sex marriages may even be more stable than heterosexual marriages. The Treasury of American Prayers. Con 9 Gay marriage will accelerate the assimilation of gays into mainstream heterosexual culture to the detriment of the homosexual community.
Also available from:. In marriage, both partners have the same rights and responsibilities. So widely shared, the tradition until recently had been adopted by all governments and major religions of the world.
The couple, Sun Wenlin and Hu Mingliang, filed a lawsuit against a civil affairs bureau in Changsha, Hunan Province, in southern China, after the office refused to grant them the right to marry when they tried to register in June Chicago 17th ed.
New Mexico law defines marriage as a contract between contracting parties but does not mention gender. Same sex marriage in the United States has a long history. May 20, - Pennsylvania Becomes 19th State to Legalize Gay Marriage "Pennsylvania will not appeal a federal court ruling that overturned the state's ban on same-sex marriage, ending the battle over the issue in the Keystone State, Gov.
I had an impassioned email argument on just this point last week with an old friend who otherwise supports full equal rights for gays and lesbians. I will not debate the morality of various forms of private sexual conduct between consenting adults and neither should our lawmakers.
Same-sex marriage does not fundamentally alter the basic idea of two people agreeing to unite for life and taking on the responsibilities and privileges of that agreement. Are people born gay? Peter S. Prior to their decision, same-sex marriage was already legal in 37 states and Washington DC, but was banned in the remaining Rosabeth Moss Kanter.
Pro 5 Marriage is an internationally recognized human right for all people. Further, lesbian couples often get pregnant with outside help, admittedly, but many heterosexual couples get outside help as well and their families could benefit as well from the legal framework of marriage.
The world's first legal gay marriage ceremony took place in the Netherlands on Apr.