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What If It Was Eve and Eve?

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Mia Biggs
March 10, 2010
Per. 7
Theology IV

What If It Was Eve and Eve?

Same-sex marriage has sparked one of the biggest debates in the last decade. In the 1967 Supreme Court decision making interracial marriages legal, it was said that anti-miscegenation laws were ‘unconstitutional’. Although the federal Constitution never actually states that marriage is defined as the union between a man and a woman, it has become the accepted norm since the time of the Constitution’s ratification in 1776. It should therefore be stated that prohibiting same-sex marriage is not ‘unconstitutional’, but ‘unethical’. On that note, one cannot say that same-sex marriage is a constitutional right, unless it is a state constitution that is being referred to.
          This brings me to Proposition 8. In California in 2008, same-sex marriage was legalized for a very short amount of time. On November 5, 2008, Proposition 8 added these words to the California State Constitution: “Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.” (California Constitution Article 1 Sec. 7.5) Precisely the same words were used in Proposition 22, which although originally ratified, was deemed unconstitutional by the Supreme Court and therefore overturned. Proposition 22 was in 2000, and since then the percentage of opponents of gay marriage dropped from 61.4% in 2000 down to 52% in 2008(Proposition) while the proponents raised from 38.6% in 2000 to 48% in 2008(Two). One of the reasons these percentages have dropped so severely in so short an amount of time is because Conservatives and Liberals are now uniting in core American values such as diversity, equality and tolerance.
          A perfect example of that is the unification of former Bush solicitor and conservative General Ted Olson and liberal attorney David Boies in the fight for same-sex marriage. The two men were on opposing sides of the Bush vs. Gore election. Now they work side by side as key players in what...


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