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Thesocial pillar in today’s world has been faced with numerous anddiverse challenges. There has been many controversies facing thehuman race and in turn bringing different views from the people withsome adopting the changes, while other fighting or opposing thechanges. Some of the changes that have faced the social pillar intoday’s word include the aspect of abortion whether it should beaccepted or not, social reform issues, animal testing, gay marriageamong others (Hacklet al 515).It has led to a point that no one can deliver or come to a commonagreement on the legitimacy of these topics. This paper is ananalytical look into the issue of GayMarriage,which have been a topic of discussion and disagreement for a longtime now. Over time, the topic hassled to disagreement between thechurch teachings and the law (human rights/discrimination laws). Oneof the major collision aspects about the gay marriage is the aspectof human rights and what is socially acceptable (Hertz,Frederick & Emily, N.P).
Thesisstatement:Granting legal marriage rights under the law must extend to gays andlesbians in order to ascertain that all citizens in the country enjoyfull human rights.
Sincethe first incident of gay marriage, there has been a conflict betweenwhat is expectable socially and what the law teaches as well as whatthe church believes in. One of the major or key question that hasbeen raised by this case, is whether the society should encourage toembrace the traditional values and also the widely and acceptabletraditional ways of family life. Traditionally, the accepted marriageunion was that of a man and a woman, however, with the coming of thegay marriages, the social definition of marriage has been threatened.This has in turn led to conflict between what is, traditionally,recognized and what the law define in terms of human rights (Hertz,Frederick & Emily, N.P).
Governmentrecognition of gay marriages Vs religious view of the same Today,there is a different approach to the issue of marriage and thecommunity has started to embrace the fact that, gay marriage is hereand is here to stay. It’s in turn high time we stop burying ourhead in the sand, and deny the existence of gay marriage practices inour society. There has been a fight for gay marriages to gain legalrecognition and not religious recognition. One of the stands thathave become open is that, even those people who oppose gay marriagedon’t hate the same sex marriage partners or gays, but what isthere is that, the society disagrees with their lifestyle, which isagainst their religious beliefs. The fight that has been experiencedin the struggle to legalize same sex marriage is not a move toinfringe the church beliefs. By denying rights to the gay people, itwould be seen as an infringement upon their rights, and in turn thisdoesn’t offer the government, the chance to discriminate againstlesbians and gay couples in the aspect of the law, as there is adifference between the government and religious beliefs. Whether theunions standing for same sex marriage should be legalized andrecognized is not a question under religion context, but rather itsquestion whether all people regardless of their definition,lifestyle, and religion should be regarded or be viewed equally inthe eyes of the government (Hacklet al 516).
Humanrights have been one of the aspects that the gay marriage coupleshave suffered in the society. Over time, the society has turned backto the same sex marriage couples, which have subjected them to denialof their human rights. This has led to the massive campaign globallyfor the accommodation of the gay people into different socialinstitutions as well as in employment vacancies. The gay couplesfrequently shunned and discriminated in employment. However, in therecent times, their presence in places of work has been acceptedthrough the implementation of anti-discriminatory laws on the basisof whether an individual is a gay or a heterosexual. In some statesin the United States, gay marriage has been accepted and adopted intotheir laws. This implies that, the government constitutionallyrecognized same sex marriage as a union between two people, and notspecifically between a man and a woman. Discrimination of gay’speople should be abolished on the grounds of employment or housing(Turner,529).
Marriageis an essential social and legal institution, and marriageinequalities have been known to fuel discriminations in other areas.Additionally, inequality in marriage has been known to contribute tonegative impacts towards people’s health and well-being. Inaddition to benefits of same sex marriage to the partners, there isalso a benefit of marriage as a cultural and legal institution(Turner528).
Graph1.0 (graph showing the number of people who supports/opposes gaymarriage, from 1996-2014). Retrieved on Mar 18th.From:http://www.gallup.com/poll/169640/sex-marriage-support-reaches-new-high.aspx
Fromthe figure above, which had its statistics for 1996, all the way to2014 it shows clearly how people have had a different opiniontowards the gay marriage issue. In 1996, the number of peopleopposing the recognition of gay marriage in the community was higherthan the number that was accepting its recognition in the society. The difference in the number can be explained, by the fact that, thepractice was seen as unacceptable in the society, and at this time,people only recognized heterosexual marriage as the only acceptableby both the law and the church. Different factors or reasons can beattributed to these 1996 results, such as the practice being new inthe society, lack of law hat officially recognized the practice.However, as time moved on, it’s clear from the graph peoplecontinued to embrace and accept the issue of gay marriage in thecommunity (Schlabach& Gerald, 24).This explained by an increase in the number of people who are insupport of gay marriage validity compared to the decreasing number ofpeople objecting to the gay marriage practice.
Throughthe acceptance of the changing trend and the adoption of thetremendously changing social aspect of the society, the rights of thegay couples should observe and in turn be recognized legally.However, this should not be used, as a move to encourage the gaymarriage in the community. Despite its widespread practice in thewestern community, the gay marriage has not been received well inother communities such as the African countries and the Arab world.The law should be used to protect the rights of its people regardlessof their social definitions, but not force the practice among itspeople. The most effective impact of the marriage law is theprotection of the marriage institution, this has been extended to thegay marriage and in turn protecting all the parties, such thepartners, and the children. In addition, there has been noconstitutional basis, preventing marriage between same sex partners(Harper,Alisha and Elizabeth 50).
Inconclusion, the recognition of gay marriage, and granting them theirlegal marriage rights would a positive aspect towards recognizing theminority group in the society. In addition, it would be effective tofight discrimination towards the gay couples that has beenexperienced for a long time. Legal recognition and religiondefinition of the subject should be differentiated, as the gay peoplehave their rights under the law, and in turn need to protect theirhuman rights as well. The time has come, to embrace the gay marriageinto the society, as once the law has accepted it, it would be hardto abolish the trend. The social institution has dramaticallychanged, and he changes have had an impact to the entire community.The idea of gay marriage was seen as a degradation of the socialelement of the society. However, as time has moved, the society hasslowly accepted its existence and in turn embracing the gay marriagecouples.
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