The Same-Sex Marriage Debate


The debate on same-sex marriage in the United States has been going on for years. And though it is legal in some states and cities already, and was a hot button issue during presidential race last fall, the Supreme Court has yet to weigh in. But that’s about to change.

In two cases before the court, the justices will consider California’s Proposition 8 which says marriage can be between and man and a woman only and a 1996 law called DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) which says the same thing. Supporters of the law say they protect traditional views of marriage.

Others feel that the laws violate the Constitution because they discriminate against couples that are gay and that civil rights are at the heart of the issue.

And while in the past, a majority of Americans have been against same-sex marriage, new research shows that 49% of Americans support gay marriage and just 44% are opposed. But we want to know where you stand. Vote in the poll and tell us what you think, and if you leave a comment, be sure to include your first name, age and state if you’d like it to be used on the show.

2 comments on “The Same-Sex Marriage Debate

  1. Maxxie Oliver

    Same-sex marriage should definitely be allowed, and here’s why:
    1.) Because specific people do not believe or support gay marriage, or as I like to call it, marriage, does not mean they can take away the option for others.
    2.) “But marriage is defined as a man and a woman”. Let me stop you right there, the dictionary has changed quite a bit, ‘twerk’ and ‘selfie’ now official words in the Oxford dictionary. Intolerance to change does not make one’s views correct nor justified.
    3.) “It will affect the children!”. I’m sure thousands of children in orphanages all over the country would love to have two mothers or two fathers instead of being shuffled around their whole lives. The only thing exposing children to same-sex marriage would change is the attitude toward homophobia, realizing hiding behind illogical facts cannot suffice as a legitimate debate.
    4.) “But won’t it lead to polygamy, pedophilia, and bestiality?”. This argument honestly doesn’t even make sense. If a woman and a woman are in love, they just want to be married, plain and simple. This topic is a filler, one that is used as a last defense.
    5.) I hope one day I can be married, and I believe as an American, I deserve to be able to do so.

  2. Gabriella Stern

    If somebody loves somebody then they should have the ablilty to marry them! Love is love no matter what sex you are!


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