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This paper discusses how same-sex marriage has never been allowed in law or religious doctrine and how some see a law as a threat to religious freedom and others see it as a threat to the definition of marriage and so to the family in society. It examines three possible solutions for the issue of gay marriage, to not allow gay marriage and to keep the current laws regarding the meaning of marriage and of spousal rights, to allow gay marriage, which would automatically bring gay marriages into alignment with existing laws on spousal rights and to prohibit gay marriage but to allow a form of domestic partnership agreement which would not be a marriage but which would bring spousal rights to gay couples. The implications of these options are evaluated as well as current legal issues facing gay couples.
From the Paper:"Some of the arguments for same-sex marriage are intended to counter directly arguments against same-sex marriage. One argument against is that marriage is for procreation. The argument for same-sex marriage is that this is no different than a childless couple, though no one is saying such a couple should not be married or that they should not have the legal benefits of marriage. This is a logical counter to the aforementioned argument, though it does fail to indicate that there is still a difference--heterosexual marriage carries with it the possibility of procreation while same-sex marriage does not (Stengel 52)."
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