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Everyone is aware of marriage. We have heard about it, gone to one, or even been in one. The idea of marriage is something that is bestowed upon us and something that we look forward to ever since we were children, but what about those who what to get married to the same sex. How is that possible? As you know, everything changes at some point or another, this includes marriage. That is why same-sex marriage should be legalized. It has come to a point where the idea or a "normal" marriage has to change in order to fit in with a constantly changing society. Throughout history we always hear that marriage has been between one man and one woman, whether it be from the Roman Empire, Muslims, and most talked about, the Christian religion, but if you look closely you start to see that those marriages where for different reason then what it is today. Let's talk about marriage in the older Western civilizations. During those times, marriage was just a method in order for kings to keep power within one's family. If these kings had no problem with keeping a royal line they would then have their sons or daughters marry in the sole purpose to form alliances and to gain land. This didn't just occur in the royal families. Many of the lower classes would marry so they could have children to help with work and keep a family business going. This was understandable at the time; however, in the present day and age we marry because we love someone not because they have something that can help us increase on the economical ladder. Love is the reason we get married, why should that be any different if that person you love is of the same sex. As you can see the history of marriage has changed already due to a changing society (Staff 1). Now that the history of marriage has been broken down, let's move on to another topic. When a couple gets married they want to have a kid and many do. This is an argument that individuals bring up when discussing this topic. Marriage is meant to allow couples to have kids. How can same-sex couples have kids? There are a couple things wrong with this argument. The first is that having kids is not a requirement for couple to fulfill after they get married. There is nothing that says couples need to have children. It is something that is done to show how much the two love each other, and to show how committed they are to each other, enough that they will jointly take care and be responsible to another human being. Now as far as same-sex couples go there are a couple options in which this issue can be resolved. These couples can have a surrogate, or they can adopt. Adoption happens every day, whether or not it involves opposite-sex couples or same-sex couples. Yes, same-sex couples do want to adopt children. According to LifeLong Adoptions, "an estimated 65,500 adopted children are living with a lesbian or gay parent"(1). This number is expected to rise in the future. For some people having a child being raised by a same-sex couple is not okay and they say this because that child lacks either a male or female figure in their life, that that figure is important for the child's well-being. However I want to point out that according to a 2000 census the only 24% of heterosexuals have a household that is made up of both a mother and a father figure (LifeLongAdoptin 1). With that being said, people like to argue that the percentage of household that have only one parent are the households that harbor the most problems with the kids, whether it be in school, work, or socially. They blame this on the fact that a mother's nurturing touch or a father's discipline is absent. However, it is believed to be the result of the absence of a second parent. Not because a mother or father is not there, but more simply a second human being is not there. When a two parent household has a child many things change. That is because there is a third life in the mix. Having children is a, for the lack of a better term, stressful job. Caring not only for you but also for a nothing human being has a lot of responsibility that comes along with it. Even two parent households can face problems after having a child. As you can see the problem is not with the absence of mother or father figure it is due to the absence of a secondary parent in general. According to a paper written by Deanna Linville PhD and Maya O'Neil MS, there are similarities and even advantages living with same sex couples (1). In their paper they state that there are as many as 594,000 same-sex household and that due to a census taken in 2000 approximately 27% of those who have children. The studies that these ladies observed showed that children living in a same-sex household developed just like those in opposite-sex households. The children's emotional development along with sexual orientation and gender identification where not skewed based on what their parents did. In these same studies difference where found, however these differences tended to favor the same-sex couples. The results of the studies showed that the children living with same-sex couples felt "more connected at school", "more likely to talk about emotionally difficult topics" and where "often more resilient, compassionate and tolerant". Not to mention that both same-sex and opposite-sex couples who had children were found to have the same concerns as one another such as: financial needs, household rules, healthy life styles and the well-being and bright future for their children. As you can see same-sex parents are not that different from their opposite-sex counterparts. Now that we have discussed same-sex couples and their children I want to more on the biggest of all arguments against the legalization of same-sex marriage, religion. People who are atheist, for the most part have no problem with same-sex couples or them marrying. It is the religious groups who do, more specifically Christianity. The Christian and Catholic faith have several different arguments why it is wrong. One is that marriage is for procreation, which as you know, we have already discussed and given a solution to. After all, the children that the same-sex couples are adopting are from the opposite-sex couples, so that no longer is a viable argument. Another argument point that religious groups have is that is no evidence of same-sex relationship/ marriage in the Bible this goes along with their third argument being that god says no to same-sex relationships (Lee 1). I want to address both of these topics together. First I want to say that of course the Bible doesn't have any examples of same-sex relationships in it, after all the faith makes it very clear that it is against this topic. Why would Christians want examples of this in the Bible, it would just prove that homosexuality has been around longer then what one may think. All this would do is show that it is not as "unnatural" as the Christian and Catholic faith wants us to believe. Besides contradicting what their faith says, having examples in the Bible is wrong because the god says no to any same-sex related topics. Let us switch our mind set for a little bit, let's put the whole idea of religion out of our minds, after all we are talking about legalizing same-sex marriage and that is matter of the government and there is a little thing called the separation of church and state. Now if you know your government there is no amendment or anything for the "separation of church and state" but there is a statement in the 1st amendment that involves this matter. According to Paulsen, the First Amendment says that the "government shall make no law 'respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof'" (1). People have many controversial topics that they believe to be right. With these topics they believe that their arguments are valid, however if you would just listen to what they have to say you may come up with a solution. It is hard to put your personal belief aside especially in a topic that is as controversial as this one. In the end you have to look at the facts, our history and our future are two very different things, they are constantly changing. No matter if a child is raised my opposite-sex couples or same-sex couples, both couples are parents and all they care about is the safety and well-being of their child. Finally the government was set up the way it was for a reason, don't let something like religion get in the way of our government advancing towards the future. After all a religion controlled government is why America was founded anyways, it didn't work. With this in mind let's look to the future and make decisions that advance our nation and everyone in it, not limit them.
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              Everyone is aware of marriage. We have heard about it, gone to one, or even been in one. The idea of marriage is something that is bestowed upon us and something that we look forward to ever since we were children, but what about those who what to get married to the same sex. How is that possible? As you know, everything changes at some point or another, this includes marriage. That is why same-sex marriage should be legalized. It has come to a point where the idea or a "normal" marriage has to change in order to fit in with a constantly changing society.
             
              Throughout history we always hear that marriage has been between one man and one woman, whether it be from the Roman Empire, Muslims, and most talked about, the Christian religion, but if you look closely you start to see that those marriages where for different reason then what it is today. Let's talk about marriage in the older Western civilizations. During those times, marriage was just a method in order for kings to keep power within one's family. If these kings had no problem with keeping a royal line they would then have their sons or daughters marry in the sole purpose to form alliances and to gain land. This didn't just occur in the royal families. Many of the lower classes would marry so they could have children to help with work and keep a family business going. This was understandable at the time; however, in the present day and age we marry because we love someone not because they have something that can help us increase on the economical ladder. Love is the reason we get married, why should that be any different if that person you love is of the same sex. As you can see the history of marriage has changed already due to a changing society (Staff 1).
             
              Now that the history of marriage has been broken down, let's move on to another topic. When a couple gets married they want to have a kid and many do. This is an argument that individuals bring up when discussing this topic. Marriage is meant to allow couples to have kids. How can same-sex couples have kids? There are a couple things wrong with this argument. The first is that having kids is not a requirement for couple to fulfill after they get married. There is nothing that says couples need to have children. It is something that is done to show how much the two love each other, and to show how committed they are to each other, enough that they will jointly take care and be responsible to another human being.
             
              Now as far as same-sex couples go there are a couple options in which this issue can be resolved. These couples can have a surrogate, or they can adopt. Adoption happens every day, whether or not it involves opposite-sex couples or same-sex couples. Yes, same-sex couples do want to adopt children. According to LifeLong Adoptions, "an estimated 65,500 adopted children are living with a lesbian or gay parent"(1). This number is expected to rise in the future. For some people having a child being raised by a same-sex couple is not okay and they say this because that child lacks either a male or female figure in their life, that that figure is important for the child's well-being. However I want to point out that according to a 2000 census the only 24% of heterosexuals have a household that is made up of both a mother and a father figure (LifeLongAdoptin 1).
             
              With that being said, people like to argue that the percentage of household that have only one parent are the households that harbor the most problems with the kids, whether it be in school, work, or socially. They blame this on the fact that a mother's nurturing touch or a father's discipline is absent. However, it is believed to be the result of the absence of a second parent. Not because a mother or father is not there, but more simply a second human being is not there. When a two parent household has a child many things change. That is because there is a third life in the mix. Having children is a, for the lack of a better term, stressful job. Caring not only for you but also for a nothing human being has a lot of responsibility that comes along with it. Even two parent households can face problems after having a child. As you can see the problem is not with the absence of mother or father figure it is due to the absence of a secondary parent in general.
             
              According to a paper written by Deanna Linville PhD and Maya O'Neil MS, there are similarities and even advantages living with same sex couples (1). In their paper they state that there are as many as 594,000 same-sex household and that due to a census taken in 2000 approximately 27% of those who have children. The studies that these ladies observed showed that children living in a same-sex household developed just like those in opposite-sex households. The children's emotional development along with sexual orientation and gender identification where not skewed based on what their parents did. In these same studies difference where found, however these differences tended to favor the same-sex couples. The results of the studies showed that the children living with same-sex couples felt "more connected at school", "more likely to talk about emotionally difficult topics" and where "often more resilient, compassionate and tolerant". Not to mention that both same-sex and opposite-sex couples who had children were found to have the same concerns as one another such as: financial needs, household rules, healthy life styles and the well-being and bright future for their children. As you can see same-sex parents are not that different from their opposite-sex counterparts.
             
              Now that we have discussed same-sex couples and their children I want to more on the biggest of all arguments against the legalization of same-sex marriage, religion. People who are atheist, for the most part have no problem with same-sex couples or them marrying. It is the religious groups who do, more specifically Christianity. The Christian and Catholic faith have several different arguments why it is wrong. One is that marriage is for procreation, which as you know, we have already discussed and given a solution to. After all, the children that the same-sex couples are adopting are from the opposite-sex couples, so that no longer is a viable argument. Another argument point that religious groups have is that is no evidence of same-sex relationship/ marriage in the Bible this goes along with their third argument being that god says no to same-sex relationships (Lee 1). I want to address both of these topics together. First I want to say that of course the Bible doesn't have any examples of same-sex relationships in it, after all the faith makes it very clear that it is against this topic. Why would Christians want examples of this in the Bible, it would just prove that homosexuality has been around longer then what one may think. All this would do is show that it is not as "unnatural" as the Christian and Catholic faith wants us to believe. Besides contradicting what their faith says, having examples in the Bible is wrong because the god says no to any same-sex related topics. Let us switch our mind set for a little bit, let's put the whole idea of religion out of our minds, after all we are talking about legalizing same-sex marriage and that is matter of the government and there is a little thing called the separation of church and state. Now if you know your government there is no amendment or anything for the "separation of church and state" but there is a statement in the 1st amendment that involves this matter. According to Paulsen, the First Amendment says that the "government shall make no law 'respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof'" (1).
             
              People have many controversial topics that they believe to be right. With these topics they believe that their arguments are valid, however if you would just listen to what they have to say you may come up with a solution. It is hard to put your personal belief aside especially in a topic that is as controversial as this one. In the end you have to look at the facts, our history and our future are two very different things, they are constantly changing. No matter if a child is raised my opposite-sex couples or same-sex couples, both couples are parents and all they care about is the safety and well-being of their child. Finally the government was set up the way it was for a reason, don't let something like religion get in the way of our government advancing towards the future. After all a religion controlled government is why America was founded anyways, it didn't work. With this in mind let's look to the future and make decisions that advance our nation and everyone in it, not limit them.
Same Sex Marriage Essay 
Amato, Paul R. The Impact of Family Formation Change on the Cognitive, Social and Emotional Well-Being of the Next Generation. 2005. Web. 20 Nov. 2013.
Lee, Justin. Homosexuality & Christians. n.d. Web. 20 Nov. 2013. justins_view.php>.
LifeLongAdoptin. LGBT Adoption Facts. 2013. Web. 20 Nov. 2013. .
Linville, Deanna, and Maya O'Neil. Same-Sex Parents and Their Children. 2013. Web. 20 Nov. 2013. .
Paulsen, Michael Stokes. Where in the Constituction is "Separation of Church and State"? 28 Oct. 2010. Web. 20 Nov. 2013. .
Staff, The Week. How Marriage has Changed Over Centuries. 1 June 2012. The Week Publications. Web. 19 Nov. 2013. .
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