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This paper examines the arguments against same-sex marriages, noting that most are based solely on emotions or religious beliefs and traditions, and argues that denying marriage to a specific group of people is unconstitutional. The paper refutes many of the arguments offered by religious groups against same-sex marriages as well as the argument that opposes same-sex marriage for economic reasons and concludes that for all citizens to have equal rights in America, same-sex marriages must be made legal.
From the Paper:"All of these reasons are understandable, but they all have their flaws. According to the Constitution of the United States, Article IV, Section 1 entitled "Full Faith and Credit"; each state must respect and recognize the validity of the laws, public records and court decisions of every other state . This shows DOMA to be unconstitutional. Some legal issues are covered by State Law while others are covered by Federal Law. The Constitution is the supreme law of the land and neither the States nor the Federal Government can pass laws that are in defiance of the Constitution."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Dority, Barbara. "An Equal Right to Marry." The Humanist November/December 1996: 37-39.
- Elshtain, Jean. "Against Gay Marriage." Commonweal Magazine 22 Oct. 1991: 57-60.
- Madison, James. "United States Constitution." 1787.
- National Organization of Women. "Issue Report: Same-Sex Marriage." Online. Available: http://org/issues/lgbi/marr-rep.html
- "Pro and Con: Should gay marriage be legal?" U.S. News. June 3, 1996. Online. Available: http://www.usnews.com/issue/3proco.htm (26 Nov. 1997)
Cite this Argumentative Essay:
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