Same sex Marriage • Marriage between the same biological sex • 10 countries allow same sex marriages Netherlands was the first • Constitutional guarantees of equality • Has existed thorough out history
Controversy • Pro constitution grants equality to all People who marry are happier Marriage is better than a civil unions Homosexuality is an accepted life style with strong evidence supporting biological causation Against Special rights vs. equal rights Immoral Dangerous lifestyle confuses children about gender roles Harms the family unit
What is marriage • The social institution under which a man and woman establish their decision to live as husband and wife by legal commitments, religious ceremonies, etc. • A contract that ensures the continuation of life • An expression of love
Things to consider Early western ideas of Marriage was about money and property Women had a dowry and were considered property; They had no choice who they could marry. Marriage was a way for the nobility to ensure the continuation of bloodline.
Things to consider • How would you feel if someone told you who to marry • The definition of marriage has changed with culture • Every culture has their own concept of marriage
Facts about Gay marriage • Estimated that 50% of Americans support gay marriage • This is up by 42% • 2004 Massachusetts was the first to legalize gay marriage • 2001 Netherlands became the first county to legalize gay marriage
Facts about Marriage • Yanomamo of South America marriage ceremonies are none existent • Today Marriage is a declaration of love in the past it was about property • In 1967 interracial marriage was legalized • Antebellum South prevented slaves to marry thinking they were morally and legally unfit