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The Politics Behind Gay Marriage

Updated on March 10, 2008

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.


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    • K9keystrokes profile image

      India Arnold 

      7 years ago from Northern, California

      I think your hub is very well done. Your presentation on the political reality of Gay Marriage is awesome.


    • Whitney05 profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Georgia

      Jude, if you kept reading I said "But, that's not always the case. For the most part, all politicians are against gay marriages." Also, I mention in the comment above yours, upon searching the web, I must have mistaken a few sites that I read.

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      10 years ago

      "From my understanding, the Republicans accept gay rights and marriages, whereas the Democrats oppose gay marriages."

      Um, no. Not even close. Where on earth did you get this information?

    • Whitney05 profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Georgia

      Stacie, I tried looking it up. Many of the sites said Republicans approve. Hm.. Thanks for the correction.

      MasonsMom, I agree. Why should anyone judge.

      Angela, I agree with him as well.

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      Angela Harris 

      10 years ago from Around the USA

      Go, Ron Paul! Sorry, I have to support him every chance I get.

    • MasonsMom profile image


      10 years ago from U.S.A.

      Great topic that most everyone has an opinion on.

      Like you said, unless they strongly oppose it, the Politicians are just going to teeter on the fence to please both sides and get the vote.

      My take--Who are we to judge? If we'd leave the judging up to the Big Man, we wouldn't have to worry about all this. Gays should have the same rights as the rest of us--we're all human.

    • Stacie Naczelnik profile image

      Stacie Naczelnik 

      10 years ago from Seattle

      The national Republican party actually opposes gay marriage. I think it is important to remember that there is a difference between legal marriage and religious marriage. Even if it becomes legal for gay couples to marry, churches can still refuse to marry them if it is against their religious beliefs. At the same time, a church could currently "marry" a gay couple, but it wouldn't be recognized by the law. A student group I'm advising is putting on an event in support of legalizing gay marriages, so we have been discussing this topic a lot.

      It is important to talk about. Good job bringing it up.

    • Ralph Deeds profile image

      Ralph Deeds 

      10 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Good hub. Most candidates for both parties tend to oppose gay marriage because the majority of public opinion does not support allowing gays to marry. However, Democrats are much more supportive of gay rights--civil unions, allowing gays to serve openly in the military, anti-discrimination and hate crime laws, etc. The GOP is less supportive of gay rights due to the influence of evangelical Christians like Dobson and Falwell and the many homophobes in the party.


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