An Overview of the IssueAdvocates Opposition Ordinary activists and others…
But First, Some Background Info Defense of Marriage Act
Here’s Why: Economic Benefits forCouples = These benefits are not given to same-sex couples …and many more! in a civil union.
Separate But Equal: It Never Works The exclusion of gay couples receiving economic and social benefits given to heterosexuals prove that while civil unions and real marriage may be separate, they are certainly not equal.
Here’s Why: Better Acceptance ofGays and Lesbians Legalization of gay marriage will help to dispel stereotypes and anti-gay rhetoric.
Examples of Anti-Gay MarriageRhetoric There are many more examples. Rick Santorum Pope Benedict Legalizing gay XVI marriage will “Is anyone saying same-sexcouples cant love each other? help avoid Gay marriage will I love my children. I love my bigotry and threaten “human dignity friends, my brother. Heck, I and the future of narrow- even love my mother-in-law. humanity itself”. mindedness. Should we call theserelationships marriage, too?"
Here’s Why Not: The Sanctity ofTraditional Marriage The belief… = Will same-sex marriage destroy the institution of traditional marriage? Well…
The definition of marriage has already changed because gayHowever… marriage is legal in many states.
Here’s Why Not: The Importanceof Having Children
However… Gays and lesbians can have children in other ways.
And… If we want to deny marriage to gays based on procreation, we should also deny it to:
So What Do We Do and How? A federal law is the only way to repeal DOMA and give gays and lesbians the marriage rights they deserve.
It’s Quiz Time!1. What did the Defense of Marriage Act do to the institution of marriage?2. What are some economic benefits that can be granted to gay couples if same-sex marriage is legalized?3. What are the ways that gays and lesbians can have children?4. Conservatives say that gay marriage will undermine the sanctity of traditional marriage, but this is not true. Why?5. Besides economic benefits, what is another pro of legalizing same-sex marriage?
Answers What did the Defense of Marriage Act do to the institution of marriage? Banned same-sex marriages; refused to recognize gay marriages performed elsewhere What are some economic benefits that can be granted to gay couples if same-sex marriage is legalized? 401(k) plans; CalPERS benefits; veterans’ benefits What are the ways that gays and lesbians can have children? Adoption; artificial insemination Conservatives say that gay marriage will undermine the sanctity of traditional marriage, but this is not true. Why? Same-sex marriage is already legalized in some states; gay relationships have become more common Besides economic benefits, what is another pro of legalizing same-sex marriage? Acceptance of gays and lesbians
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