Same Sex Marriage

Same Sex Marriage
Brandon Lane
Com 140
Karen Robinson

While there is much debate on same sex marriage, advances in the laws of many states are making it much easier for gay couples to get married today.   Advancements in federal and state laws are making it possible for gay and lesbian couples to get married and share some of the benefits as male/female couples have.   This debate has been going on since the 1970’s and today we can already see the changes that have taken place.   Another matter on this issue is the way society looks at same sex couples wanting to get married.  

In 2004 the law for same sex couples to marry in Massachusetts was legalized.   Six months after this began 11 more states passed the bill as well.   The amendments were passed in Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Ohio, Utah, and Oregon.   As there were many complications that did arise, activist filled challenges to the amendments in Georgia and Oklahoma. In Louisiana, a judge struck down a constitutional same sex marriage ban approved in September of 2004, on the grounds that it was improperly dealing with more than one issue by banning not only same-sex marriage, but also any legal recognition of partnerships or civil unions. Louisiana's constitution requires that amendments be limited to a single-subject.   Three other states that also have single subject requirements that make the laws more crucial are Georgia, Ohio and Oklahoma.   These states face legal challenges similar to the ones that are incorporated in Louisiana.   City officials in Portland Oregon married nearly 3,000 same-sex couples in the spring of 2005, before a judge put a temporary hold on the law.   Several months later national and local gay rights groups were determined to open the bill back up in Oregon.   They raised and spent millions of dollars, but were unsuccessful to change the amendment, which lead to the nullification of the 3,000 same-sex marriages....