The gay marriage debate has been ongoing for some time now, but has really intensified within the last couple years. So far, six states (Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, Iowa, New Hampshire, New York and Washington DC have permitted the issuing of same sex marriage licenses. My home state of Maryland still does not issue same sex marriage licenses but do recognize same sex marriages from other states.
There are many reasons why partners of the same sex might want to become married. They could receive larger tax breaks, access to health care, guaranteed loans, and inheritance arrangements.
I honestly have a neutral stand when it comes to the issue of gay marriage. I believe that both sides of the debate pose valid points. I do believe all people of this country should be entitled to equal rights regardless of sexual orientation. But, at the same time, due to my life teachings in religion and ethics, I have been raised to believe that homosexuality is morally unjust. With that being said, I do not dislike homosexuals, I am merely stating what I have been taught and what I believe on the issue presented.