Why should same sex marriage not be legal in the USA? ...................

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The provisions of the Constitution, indeed, the intent of the document itself was to restrain the power of government.  The government has no place in how individuals decide to bind themselves to each other.  Their purpose is to safeguard rights.  If consenting adults decide what is correct for them, and...

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The provisions of the Constitution, indeed, the intent of the document itself was to restrain the power of government.  The government has no place in how individuals decide to bind themselves to each other.  Their purpose is to safeguard rights.  If consenting adults decide what is correct for them, and no one else's rights are threatened by that decision, why is government even involved in this issue?  If anything, same sex marriage is of religious, not secular concern.

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Back to the question as it is framed: Why should gay marriage not be legal? These are the arguments I have heard expressed by various people who oppose gay marriage. They are all rooted in religious belief and/or anti-gay sentiment.

Those who say it should not be legalized most often view marriage as more than a legal contract; they believe marriage is a spiritual union between a man and a woman established and blessed by God. This is how they define marriage. The idea of gay marriage, then, is unacceptable on religious grounds. They see it as a threat to the very definition of marriage.

Other opponents of gay marriage simply reject homosexual relationships. They cannot accept the idea that two men or two women could love each other as partners and mates. To accept gay marriage would require that they accept loving homosexual relationships. They see this acceptance as a threat to the social fabric because they believe homosexuality is "unnatural."

So it seems the main arguments made against legalizing gay marriage are these: It violates God's will, it redefines the concept of marriage, it threatens the structure of society, and it goes against nature. I am not endorsing these arguments--just trying to summarize them.

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I agree. We are a nation of growth and change. The framers of the constitution never envisioned "Brown v. Board", "Tinker v. Iowa," "Roe v. Wade." and etc. That does not mean that our country should not have considered and passed legislation that deals with these issues.

What was conceived as our forefathers laid the foundation for the governing of this great country has been eclipsed by the country's growth and change. What we conceive of now will be eclipsed by more growth and change. The point being, homosexual unions were not recognized by the framers, but they exist now, and perhaps they should be recognized within the law.

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This one will be a passionate topic.  A primary reason as to why people give a reason why same sex marriage should not be deemed as legal would be because of the Constitutional Framers never envisioned such a notion.  This argument suggests that if it is not presented in the Constitution, it cannot be directly inferred.  This restraint approach to the interpretation of the Constitution is a reason why same/ sex marriage is considered unconstitutional.  Having said this, the counter response to this would be that much of what we now consider as absolute were discarded by the Framers.  Women, people of color, as well as the poor were not acknowledged by the framers.  We now know they were either "wrong" in these cases or simply lacked the vision that we now have.  Perhaps, it is argued, the rights of homosexual partners can be seen in the same light.

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