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Same-sex marriage is a topic that needs little if any introduction As of September 9th 2013 gay marriage is legal in 15 states in the US with New Mexico being the only state that doesnt have any policy one way or the other According to a clerk in a marriage office in New Mexico same sex couples cannot get married because of the way New Mexicos marriage license applications are worded with some sections that are supposed to be filled out by a man and others by a womanMEMPHIS This debate has gained a lot of momentum in recent years with 13 states passing legislation legalizing gay marriage in the past ten years This heated and long standing debate has been bouncing around for years as people on both sides are equally passionate in their views The main debate is based around the two issues of the effect on children and personal beliefs There are also many people who even if they have no personal stake in the topic believe that the across the board passing of equal marriage rights would do great good or harm to the countryOpponents of gay marriage believe that a same sex couple cannot adequately raise a child because of their lifestyle which they believe does untold and irreversible damage to the childs mind While there is a small amount of data to suggest that children of same sex couples suffer more than that of opposite sex children there is a massive amount of data and hard evidence stating that this is not the case and some studies even say that same sex children develop much better One study conducted in 2009 titled Childrens Gender Identity in Lesbian and Heterosexual Two-Parent Families from the University of Amsterdam and New York State Psychiatric Institute even stated that children in lesbian families felt less parental pressure to conform to gender stereotypes In fact many studies suggest that not allowing same sex
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