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The Politics Behind Gay Marriage
Same- Sex Marriage
It's been in the news, in movies, and on television for years now- the controversy over same- sex marriage. Is it right? Is it wrong? Should it be legal? Illegal? What's the deal!?
Everyone has their own opinions about the subject- whether it's ethical or not, and it's taken years for gay and lesbian couples to become comfortable in the public eye. Why is their love challenged?
Love is love, whether between two men, one man and one woman, two woman, or anything in between.
But, apparently it's more complicated than that. Currently, gay and lesbian couples are not allowed to freely walk into the church; talk to a priest, Paster, or Rabbi; and start planning their marriage. Currently, homosexual couples have to travel in order to get married.
Currently, Massachusetts is the only sate to allow same- sex marriages, but New Jersey, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Connecticut, offer civil unions.
Gay Marriages Determined by Politics
Of course each individual politician is going to have their own personal opinions about gay rights, but within the political parties, they tend to have to go with the party's beliefs.
From my understanding, the Republicans accept gay rights and marriages, whereas the Democrats oppose gay marriages. But, that's not always the case. For the most part, all politicians are against gay marriages.
But, even still candidates in the party do not always go for the party. See the 2008 U.S. Presidential Candidates. It seems that although McCain is republican, he still opposes same- sex marriages.
2008 Presidential Candidates
Looking at the six presidential candidates for 2008, you may be interested in which of the candidates believe in homosexual marriages and which stand against it.
Hillary Clinton (democrat): Although she opposes same- sex marriage and favors civil unions, Clinton says she will not stand in the way if New York passed a law legalizing it.
Mike Gravel (democrat): He supports same- sex marriages and opposes the Defense of Marriage Act.
Alan Keyes: He favors the amendment that prohibits same- sex marriage.
John McCain (republican): He is against same- sex marriage, saying that marriage is between a man and a woman, and will leave it up per state to decide.
Barack Obama (democrat): Obama is against same- sex marriage, but has been reported saying that he is open- minded to the subject and that he believes that the whole situation is misunderstood.
Ron Paul: He opposes the amendment that prohibits same- sex marriage, but it seems that he also feels forced to accept same- sex marriage.