Gay Marriage and Civil Unions Cause and Effect Essay by Nicky

Gay Marriage and Civil Unions
An overview of the ongoing American debate on gay marriage versus civil unions..
# 148765 | 1,979 words | 8 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Nov 05, 2011 in Gender and Sexuality (Homosexuality) , Hot Topics (Same-Sex Marriage)


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Description:

This paper discusses how although gay unions have been a reality for centuries, the American debate regarding gay marriage is a modern invention and how there are several factors that play into the likelihood that civil unions between gay couples are far more likely to be accepted nationally, then gay marriage. The paper examines how although the majority of Americans are against gay marriage, a majority of Americans do actually favor gay civil unions and this number is increasing. Given the fact that there is no specific constitutional right to marry, it is unlikely that a federal law allowing gay marriage will occur. However, with increasing public support, civil unions may become an option for many states. This paper contains figures.

Outline:
Abstract
Introduction
Historical Background on the Gay Marriage Debate
Public Opinion of Gay Marriage
Public Opinion of Civil Unions
The Constitutional Right to Privacy and Gay Marriage
Conclusion

From the Paper:

"Although gay unions have been a reality for centuries, the American debate regarding gay marriage is a modern invention. There are several factors that play into the likelihood that civil unions between gay couples are far more likely to be accepted nationally, then gay marriage. The majority of Americans are against gay marriage. This has been a steady figure for several years and does not appear to be changing in the near future. An aging American population adds to this unlikelihood. Interestingly thought, a majority of Americans do favor gay civil unions and this number is increasing. Given the fact that there is no specific constitutional right to marry, it is unlikely that a federal law allowing gay marriage will occur. However, with increasing public support, civil unions may become an option for many states."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • A stable majority: Most Americans still oppose same-sex marriage. (1 Apr 2008). Retrieved May 16, 2009, from http://pewforum.org/docs/index.php?DocID=290.
  • An overview of the same-sex marriage debate. (21 Nov 2008). Retrieved May 16, 2009, from http://pewforum.org/docs/?DocID=288
  • Bill of Rights transcript. (No date). Retrieved May 16, 2009, from http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/bill_of_rights_transcript.html.
  • Craig, S., Martinez, M., Kane, J., & Gainous, J. (Mar 2005). Core values, value conflict, and citizens' ambivalence about gay rights. Political Research, 58(1). Retrieved May 16, 2009, from ProQuest database.
  • Framing public discussion of gay civil unions. (No date).

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