Accepting Same-Sex Marriage Argumentative Essay by Nicky

Accepting Same-Sex Marriage
An argument that same-sex marriage should be legally recognized in the United States.
# 148619 | 1,500 words | 8 sources | MLA | 2011 | US
Published on Oct 28, 2011 in Hot Topics (Same-Sex Marriage)

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The paper looks at the history of same-sex marriage and explores the arguments against gay and lesbian marriage marriage. The paper highlights the lack of academic evidence supporting the potential negative affects of same-sex marriages and argues that continuing to allow these marriages to be unrecognized is to allow a certain segment of the population to dictate discriminatory practices. The paper argues that in order to achieve true equality in America, we need to legalize same-sex marriages.

History of Same Sex Marriage
Both Sides of the Issue

From the Paper:

"The idea of same sex marriage has been around for as long as these partnerships have been around. However, due to social constraints, those who preferred a partner of the same sex were forced to keep it secret. They had to hide in the shadows and pretend to be something that they were not on the inside. If it were revealed that they were gay or lesbian, they faced social persecution, or even potential physical harm from the rest of society. Some of this old attitude still persists, but for the most part, same sex partnerships are at least tolerated by society. Acceptance of the right of any human being to choose freely is becoming more widely recognized."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Anderson, G. Noack, T., and Seierstad, A. "The Demographics of Same-Sex "Marriages" in Norway and Sweden. " Demography. February 2006. pp. 79-98.
  • Cosgrove-Mather, B. "The Global View of Gay Marriage." CBS NEWS. March 4, 2004> <> Accessed May 10, 2009.
  • Golombok, S., Tasker, F., and Murray. C. Children raised in fatherless families from infancy: family relationships and the socioemotional development of children of lesbian and single heterosexual mothers. J Child Psychol Psychiatry. October 1997. Vol. 38. Issue. 7. pp. 783-91.
  • Herek, Gregory M. "Legal recognition of same-sex relationships in the United States: A social science perspective." American Psychologist, September 2006. Vol 61, issue 6. pp. 607- 621.
  • NPR. "State by State: The Legal Battle Over Gay Marriage. May 6, 2009. <> Accessed May 10, 2009.

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