Gay Marriage

Intro


Gay marriage is a very prominent issue surrounding America. Many gay people are treated poorly and are discriminated from health care, taxes, and many other things. Many ignorant people disrespect gay people because they are different and many Americans are not willing to adapt to other peoples’ different qualities. This is an important topic to me because I believe people should live the lives they want and the public should not be able to decide if they should or should not be gay.

Background - Gay Marriage


Gay marriage is a very prominent issue surrounding America. Many gay people are treated poorly and are discriminated from health care, taxes, and many other things. Many ignorant people disrespect gay people because they are different from them and many Americans are not willing to adapt to other peoples’ different qualities.
There is currently only one state in the United States that allows gay marriage, that being Massachusetts, however gay couples must pay their taxes as singles. Hopefully in the years and decades to come there will be more states that will join Massachusetts. Gay couples are entitled to less tax exemptions than heterosexual couples. In 2000, Vermont became the first U.S. state to offer homosexuals the right to join in civil unions, giving them the same benefits as married couples on matters such as life insurance, health care and child custody. Some states are more accepting and kind to gay people. Gay couples almost every day experience offensive comments; this also depends on where the gay couples live. The mayors in these big cities are for gay marriage….
Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, and Seattle.

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The countries that currently allow same-sex marriage are the Netherlands (2001), Belgium (2003), Massachusetts, USA (2004), Canada (2005), and Spain (2005). At this time in the U.S., some legal professionals are saying yes. They will be legally binding unions. Other experts are saying it will not likely happen, because states aren't obligated to legalize marriages from another local. George W. Bush has made in clear that he is against gay marriage and he is for amendments by a few states that have said that America’s constitution between a man and a woman.

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Gay marriage is an extremely important topic surrounding America and all over the world. It is imperative that everyone is treated equally, with respect, no matter what they look like or believe in. I encourage for homosexual people do be themselves and don’t let the public depict how one should live their life.


Graphs & Conclusions for Graphs


Jack_S_Graph_4.jpg I have concluded that since 1998 to 2006, more people favor lesbian and gay people to marry. I believe this trend will continue on for many years. It is good to see more Americans become more willing for gays and lesbians to be married.
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I have concluded that the age of an American does not dramatically affect his/her opinion on gay marriage, although, it seems as if the younger Americans are more open minded to gay marriage.

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I have concluded that with the more experience Americans have in school, the more educated they become about gay marriage. It is great that the more education an American gets, the more of an understanding he/she will have on gay marriage.

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I have concluded that women have a better understanding on gay marriage, therefore they have a higher percentage of support. You might infer that women have a longer and better education than men.

Bibliography

NA,”Gay Marriage Facts and Statistics.” Showtime. NA. http://www.loveandpride.com/InformationCenter/Tips.aspx?categoryId=5

NA, “Gay Marriage.” The Pew Forum. April 10, 2008. [[http://pewforum.org/gay-marriage/%3C/span%3E%3Cspan|http://pewforum.org/gay-marriage/<span]] style="DISPLAY: block; TEXT-ALIGN: center">


William B. Rubenstein, R. Bradley Sears, Robert J. Sockloskie, “Many Titles.” The Williams Project, UCLA School of Law. (2003). http://www.law.ucla.edu/williamsinstitute/publications/GayDemographics.pdf

Kathy Belge, “Gay Marriages in Massachusetts: One Year Later, May 2005.” About, Inc. NA. http://lesbianlife.about.com/od/wedding/a/MassOneYear.htm

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