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Same-Sex Marriage Debate: The Arguments & Rebuttals
History shades Arkansas' gay marriage debate
Prior to the decision, same-sex marriage was legal in 37 states and Washington DC, but was banned in the remaining 13 states. Proponents of legal gay marriage contend that gay marriage bans are discriminatory and unconstitutional, and that same-sex couples should have access to all the benefits enjoyed by different-sex couples. Opponents contend that marriage has traditionally been defined as being between one man and one woman, and that marriage is primarily for procreation. Gay Rights, s. Police raids on gay bars were commonplace, but on this occasion the gay and lesbian patrons fought back and sparked days of protests.
Not many years ago it was unutterable, except perhaps as a schoolyard can-you-top-this, or as urban legend. Yet it is one of the most sensational issues of our time, and an almost-impossible topic to avoid. To be clear, our religious beliefs do offer legitimate reasons to oppose same-sex marriage. There are two problems with this.
One of the major successes of the Tony Blair government was its record on gay rights. British law finally caught up with the general attitudes of the population, which for many years had been much more tolerant of alternative lifestyles than the legislative framework. The Civil Partnership Act was announced and passed in , with the first ceremonies taking place in December The act was designed to give same-sex couples identical rights and responsibilities to those of married, heterosexual couples. Civil partners are also accorded next-of-kin rights, and civil partnerships can only end through death, dissolution or annulment.