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The Ongoing Marriage Debate

During our second and third trimesters in  government class at Parish Episcopal, we have discussed many current events and our stances on the particular topics.  Recently, on May 8, 2012, North Carolina passed a constitutional amendment prohibiting same-sex marriage.  Gay marriage is illegal in many of the states in the the United States, except New Hampshire, New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, and Vermont, and Washington DC, where same-sex marrigae licenses are given out. Before anouncing this new constitutional amendment, North Carolina already had a statute that was banning gay marriage. Therefore, the creation of this amendment was almost redundant. According to CNN, the consitution amendment stated, “marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this state.” This portrays the extremities of the new amendment.  First,  it restates that same-sex marriage is illegal.   Second, it states that other marriages would not be considered valid.  This is very harsh to those who are involved and desire gay marriages. As a bystander, I believe that North Carolina’s new constitutional amendment is very unnessary due to the fact it just restates the law which already existed.

The marriage amendment has been a downset for those who campaign same-sex marrriage.  The campaign manager for the Coalition to Protect All North Carolina Families, Jeremy Kennedy, sorrowed for those who were at loss and told the supporters of same-sex marriage, “It’s OK to grieve.” However, he urged advocates of gay marriage to keep fighting for what they hope to conquer: same-sex marriage legal. North Carolina instituting this new marriage law has caused other states to reconsider their current laws. And maybe for the better. For example -according to CNN-  in Maryland, same-sex couples will be allowed to wed in in January of the new year. Another example, is Washington. Governor Christine Gregoire signed a bill that will legalize gay marriage starting in June, but advocates for female-male marriage have stopped the bill and declare that voters will determine the results. Overall, the North Carolina’s new marriage amendment has had a great effect on the nation and led other states to reevaluate their laws.

Same-sex marraige has been an ongoing debate for many years.  The fight to make gay marraige permitted is slowly becoming legal state by state over time. I think this topic is a very important current issue, especially becuase of the new laws being constituted around our nation. The outcome of this battle for same-sex marraige to be legal is getting closer everyday. It is up to the people’s votes, which can sway the outcome.

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