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Abstract When I set out to write this paper I asked myself if legalizing same-sex marriages right Same-sex marriage is not a matter of right or wrong it is a question of fairness Many people say same-sex marriages are wrong because the Bible says it is wrong When interpreting the Bible the words are much like statistics the passages can be interperated to mean whatever point of view you want it to mean After seperating church and state legalizing same-sex marriages is a civil right that all citizens should be granted Gay and lesbian couples should be treated in the same way and with the same social legal financial and ultimately emotional benefits that result from marriage among opposite-sex couples Recognizing same-sex marriages will make that possible Marriage is a symbol of being an adult It is the principal sign of social maturity When the basic civil right of marriage is denied same-sex couples the historic quote No taxation without representation comes to mind If same-sex couples are denied the benefits of marriage then why are they forced to pay the taxes that pay for these benefits As far-fetched as this idea sounds it is that same premise that makes legalizing same-sex marriages fair and a basic human civil right Legality of Same-Sex Marriages The proposed legalization of same-sex marriage is one of the most significant issues in contemporary American family law If same-sex marriage is legalized the potential consequences positive or negative for children parents same-sex couples families social structure public health and the status of women are enormous Legalization of same-sex marriage is a matter of fairness Same-sex couples should be treated in the same way and with the same social legal financial and ultimately emotional benefits that result from marriage among opposite-sex couples Recognizing same-sex marriages will make that possible The law currently denies marriage to two
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