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Same-Sex Marriage Same-Sex Marriage Each individuals journey through life is unique Some will make this journey alone others in loving relationships- maybe in marriage or other forms of commitment We need to ponder our own choices and try to understand the choices of others Love has many shapes and colors and is not finite It can not be measured or defined in terms of sexual orientation From the Statement of Affirmation and Reconciliation by the Quaker Meeting in Aotearoa New Zealand Even though is it thought by many that marriage is mainly a religious agreement it also creates a legal relationship between the couple and the state Currently there is much debate on homosexual couples right to legally marry In a speech read to the United States House of Representatives on February 20 1996 Iowa Representative Ed Fallon discussed why he is in support of the legalization of same sex marriage He began his speech by stating this debate and how they vote would affect the publics point of view He felt that by creating gay and lesbian unions instead of legalizing gay marriage would only reinforce homophobia and gay bashing He stressed the idea that heterosexuals need only to accept homosexuals In order to do this Representative Fallon stated that we need to put an end to fear and stereotypes and start seeing each other as fellow human beings He strongly believes that this is a civil rights issue and it poses no threat to the society He mentions a lesbian couple that has children the same age as his son Their child is being raised no differently than how he is raising his child His major point is that if same sex marriage continues to be band here will be a message sent to the public which condones homophobia and does not give the equal rights to everyone Fallon Ed Iowa Representative
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