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 »