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Yes? why? No? why?
Debate Score:23
Total Votes:25
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Should Gay Marriage Be Legal in all 50 States?

Should gay marriage be legal at all?  Should each state make their own laws regarding this issue?  Should the gay marriage issue be a federal law?  Should religion be part of this legal issue?

Yes? why?

Side Score: 19

No? why?

Side Score: 4
4 points

While the distinction between states laws verses federal laws, and who enacts them is important it shouldn't factor heavily into this debate.

The states nor the federal government should deny same-sex marriage, that comes with the same government rights of conventional marriage, based on a religious interpretation of marriage.

The government, by not protecting and giving the equal rights to same-sex couples, is in effect marginalizing a group of people as lesser citizens with unequal rights. This government is also accepting the full influence of religion in its proceedings and thus acting on the behalf of one religion and thus group of citizens to deny equality to another group of citizens.

If the government keeps the term marriage, all it needs to do is allow any two people to receive the same rights and recognition. It doesn't not need to require that a marriage ceremony takes place in a religious venue or fashion.

The term marriage is not monopolized or owned by any religious organization, and thus religious organizations shouldn't have any influence in how the government or people use the term marriage.

In issues of equality among citizens, the federal government should take precedence over state so that it can apply a law to effect all citizens equally. To force the states to do this would be to allow the possibility that certain groups of citizens have more rights to equality than other groups of citizens.

Side: Yes? why?
2 points

Here's a scenario....

Boss: "Mr. Smith. I truly think you are deserving of this amazing promotion, but if you get it you would have to move to state X, where your gay marriage would be considered illegal. Would you like to take it still?"

Mr. Smith: "Well, I love my husband and I think I'd rather choose love over work. Even if that means I'll be missing an amazing opportunity."

How is this fair? Gays should be able to get married, legally, in all 50 states. Making the states decide just reminds me too much of slavery and segregation: some states had them and others didn't really have them. The civil rights movement rendered segregation wrong and illegal and Lincoln rendered slavery outlawed. If blacks can be equal to all, then so can gays.

Side: Yes? why?
2 points

I believe it should be legal because why should the states it anyone have a say in who a person/s wants to marry. It's not their choice and they don't have to deal with it. Just because their beliefs are different does not give them the right to make a law prohibiting it. Gay marriage should be legalized.

Side: Yes? why?
2 points

While I believe in State's rights, it should be the role of Federal Government to ensure that American Civil Liberties are not infringed by ANY power. Checks and balances, people. The CnBs are meant to make sure that government protects us from tyranny.

but rape me Christ-like, the American people have forgotten the importance of Civil Liberties and are only worried about entitlement. In this case, straight entitlement to marriage.

Side: Yes? why?
2 points

peoplerriage should be legalized because it is uncivilized and unmerited. Our civil rights and the Constitution give us many liberties. One of our civil liberties is the pursuit of happiness, which homosexual people are not allowed to chase. They cannot be married to the person they love and it violates their freedoms. According to, “In Alaska, Nevada, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Nebraska, Missouri, Michigan, North Dakota, Ohio, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Kansas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi, Texas, and Alabama, not only is gay marriage banned, but so are civil partnerships.”

Others might ask why gay marriage should be legalized, but my question is this: why should other people be able to choose who marries who? If a man and a woman get married, no one seems to care. They are two people who feel affection for one another and those two people want to start a family. If we change the scenario a little bit and a man and a man, or a woman and a woman, try to get married it causes uproar. They are not allowed to be married or raise a family together.

Imagine waking up one day to a world that was completely opposite from the world we went to sleep in, meaning gay people are now straight and all straight people are now gay. Do you think the newly straight people would fight for the newly homosexual people’s rights? America is the land of the free, but we are not free to marry whomever we would like. After everything straight people have put homosexual people through, in this scenario, homosexual people would most likely vote for their rights because they would want their rights to be voted for. We are equals in this world whether we are Black, White, Hispanic, Indian, or any other race for that matter.

Side: Yes? why?
1 point

Whats wrong being gay or lesbian? I don't see a difference in them at all. Their all human being so why does it matter? Gay Marriage should be legalized in all 50 states because the state government cant choose who they want to marry but them. They have every right to be gay and lesbian.

Side: Yes? why?

It is now 2015 and the Supreme Court has legalized Gay Marriage in all 50 States/

Side: Yes? why?
1 point

10th Amendment of the Constitution

"The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."

So, unless you can find somewhere in the Constitution where it states the legal definition of marriage it ought to be up to the states to decide what marriage is.

Side: No? why?
3 points

Nowhere in the constitution does it say that segregation should be illegal either, however, the Judicial system ruled that sperate but equal is inherrently unequal, therefore it went against the constitution. Should this issue also have been left up to states to decide?

Now you may argue that gay marriage is a seperate issue that does not deal with equality or civil rights, however, Loving vs. Virginia established marriage as a fundamental right in a unanimous decision by our supreme court. Therefore, because the states are denying their citizens a fundamental right, it is the job of the federal government to step in and ensure that their civil rights are no longer violated.

Side: Yes? why?
1 point

MOSTLY YES, But no for most saftey and war issues etc. Imagine if we wert to leave it open for all gays, most homophobics wouldn't allow this and they'd try to take over our government or rebel, something on those lines. Corruption would be possible to happen because they'd be horribly mad...

I want gay people to be married in EVERYWHERE, But...If some people are just as stupid to get butthurt about their god-broken rules, horrible things could go up.

Crap would hit the fan.

Side: No? why?

If gay marriage is legal in all 50 states, then where will all the bigots go? ;)

Side: No? why?
2 points

The same place they went when slavery was made illegal...

The same place they went when women were allowed to vote...

The same place they went when segregation was made illegal...

Nowhere: because future generations will learn from our past mistakes

Side: Yes? why?