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Legalization of Same-Sex Marriages Walking into a restaurant a person sees Ralph sitting at the far corner Ralph looks like a friendly man so the person goes over and starts talking The two get along instantly finding that they have many things in common and they talk all night Being a decent man when the restaurant closes Ralph goes home alone but not before getting the phone number of his new friend The next evening Ralph calls and the two go out for dinner at a quiet restaurant just outside the city The two start seeing each other quite frequently and eventually their friendship evolves into more They start dating exclusively and after several years of being together they decide that they want to get married They move into a new house and live together committed to each other for over ten years but they never actually marry Why would a couple so in love so committed to each other choose not to get married In this couples case getting married was not an option The person Ralph met at the restaurant that night was named Frank and is male As of now there is no state in the United States that legally recognizes same-sex marriages The state that is closest to legalizing these marriages is Hawaii In repute to the possibility of Hawaiis legalization of same-sex marriages Congress passed the Defense of Marriage Act DOMA which defines marriage as the legal union between one man and one woman NOW DOMA also allows each state to decide whether or not it will recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states or municipalities within the state NOW The debate over this issue is hot all across the country with people on both sides of the Alwon 2 argument standing firm in their beliefs The issue is working its way through the legal system and the outcome at this point is completely unpredictable Denying marriage to
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