Same Sex Marriage

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Keely Wright
Same-Sex Marriage
When Americans hear the word marriage thoughts of love, togetherness, and the formation of families all come to mind; traditionally, those have been the ideas our society have linked to the concept. Marriage in the broadest terms is a personal union of individuals (Perry 2005). For such a simple word that triggers such uplifting thoughts, it has been an issue for our country that is neither simple nor uplifting. In the United States this union of two individuals has to get acknowledged by the state or religious authority to be considered a legal marriage. But what does it take to get acknowledged?
A woman and man can get acknowledged fairly easy; for two men or two women it is... View More »

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Because same-sex couples are only recognized as married by the states, they do not get the privileges married couples receive in these major areas (Berkman 2008). Massachusetts may be able to wed homosexuals but the license they receive can only have importance in the state lines of Massachusetts. Not only is the couple restrained to live in Massachusetts but, they still don’t even receive the same rights as a man-woman couple. The Supreme Courts of California and Massachusetts have ruled that excluding same-sex couples from marriage is unconstitutional, and therefore accept same-sex marriage and will grant the certification. Massachusetts did not have to modify their marriage laws when they began to recognize same-sex marriage in 2004 and all of the same procedures remained. The couples that have been married can authorize emergency medical treatment for each other that once was off-limits because they were not husbands or wives, they can inherit property without mountains of paperwork explaining their relationship, they can receive tax deductions, they can have hospital visitation, and as legally recognized families they have access to cheaper health insurance (Mehren 2008). Massachusetts same-sex couples do not have the same benefits federally but, they do benefit more by possessing a marriage license (Nolo 2008).
The court case Goodridge v. Department of Public Health was the trigger for same-sex marriage in Massachusetts. It started with seven same-sex couples that applied for a marriage license in Massachusetts and were denied (Berkman 2008). The plaintiffs filed ...

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