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The Supreme Court is hearing two cases this week in the appeals to state and federal laws restricting same-sex marriage.

The court today first tackles an appeal of California’s ban on same-sex marriage, known as Proposition 8.

Tomorrow, the justices will hear oral arguments over the federal Defense of Marriage Act.

“Today is a historic day for all those who believe in freedom and equality. After more than four years of working our case through victories at the federal District and Circuit courts, we finally had an opportunity today to present our arguments in support of marriage equality for gay and lesbian Americans before the highest court in the land. This case has always been about the love shared by two individuals and about the central promise from our nation’s founding that all men are created equal and are endowed with inalienable rights, including the pursuit of happiness.” -Director Rob Reiner

“The justices seemed very focused on how Prop 8 affects children, with Justice Kagan at some point suggesting that California have a law allowing same-sex marriage for people past child-bearing age”, Toobin said.

Arguments on both sides:

The institution of marriage has traditionally been defined as between a man and a woman. In the Oct. 15, 1971 decision Baker v. Nelson, the Supreme Court of Minnesota found that “The institution of marriage as a union of man and woman, uniquely involving the procreation and rearing of children within a family, is as old as the book of Genesis.”

  • It is no one else’s business if two men or two women want to get married. Two people of the same sex who love each other should be allowed to publicly celebrate their commitment and receive the same benefits of marriage as opposite sex couples
  • There is no such thing as traditional marriage. Given the prevalence of modern and ancient examples of family arrangements based on polygamy, communal child-rearing, the use of concubines and mistresses and the commonality of prostitution, heterosexual monogamy can be considered “unnatural” in evolutionary terms.

Marriage is already threatened with high divorce rates (between 40% and 50%) and with 40.6% of babies being born to unmarried mothers in 2008. Allowing same-sex couples to marry would further weaken the institution.

  • Massachusetts, which became the first state to legalize gay marriage on May 17, 2004, had the lowest divorce rate in the country in 2008. Its divorce rate declined 21% between 2003 and 2008.

Marriage should not be extended to same-sex couples because homosexual relationships have nothing to do with procreation. Allowing gay marriage would only further shift the purpose of marriage from producing and raising children to adult gratification.

  • Gay marriage will make it easier for same-sex couples to adopt children. In the US alone, 100,000 children are awaiting adoption.
  • Basically, throughout history marriage has been more a matter of money, power and survival than of delicate sentiments.
    Combining of families for power in numbers, gaining land, political reasons, legitimate heirs, insuring royal bloodlines, strategic reasons, even ownership of property, etc.
  • What about infertile couples and old people? Should they not be allowed to get married either?

If you are at all like me, you are looking at the reasons against gay marriage and are shaking your head. All of these reasons against same sex marriage just seem like excuses or brainwashing attempts to make (uneducated) people believe what they want them to believe. It honestly all comes down to this:

The Congressional Budget Office estimated on Dec. 17, 2009 that extending employment benefits to same-sex domestic partners of federal employees would cost the federal government $596 million in mandatory spending and $302 million in discretionary spending between 2010 and 2019.

Now THERE is the reason they don’t want this bill to pass.

It seems kind of ridiculous that some people still try to fight this, and all the while same-sex couples are getting stigmatized as being inferior and it sends the message that it is acceptable to discriminate against them.

Lets hope a much needed change is made, and soon!

ALSO this video is amazing: