First, let’s look back at when marriage was established and how majority of America traditionally views it. From the book of Genesis to much of the New Testament books in the bible, marriage was designed by God that involves both sexes (male and female). It also talks that man has to leave his father and mother to cling to his wife (one flesh), as she is to be his companion and helper. Many people today, whether religious or not, still follow these ordinances that God put in place. Marriage is between male and female, not any other way. According to the New York Times, 56% of Americans today are married, and only 26% of households have kept the traditional couple married with children. In the world today, however.
Homosexuality has been a sensitive subject in society for a long time, and in recent years, it has sparked both support and controversy in areas such as legalizing gay and lesbian marriage and various other matters that have arisen surrounding the movement towards equality of treatment and integration into society. One of these matters that has garnered attention is gay parenting. With some states now allowing same-sex marriage or unions, the next step being taken is starting a family. There has been wide speculation into sexual orientation and whether it has an impact on homosexuals and their abilities to be good parents.
Because of this, many people have carried out detailed studies and research on this topic to determine whether this worry and concern is warranted. One such study was carried out producing results contrary to popular belief. Meezan and Rauch found that gay and lesbian parents are generally similar to heterosexual parents, and, when differences were seen, they normally favored same-sex parents. It was also found that the children of same-sex parents were not “confused about their gender identity” and were not “more likely to be homosexual” (Meezan and Rauch 103). Their children were able to develop normally in all facets of life. In another study conducted by Charlotte Patterson, she questions if there is a noticeable difference seen in the development of children who were “reared by same-sex couples compared to other-sex couples” (241). Comparing the scores of children raised by lesbian mothers to the Child Behavior checklist revealed that they were within the average range for other American children. Based on the results, she determined that the development of the child depended more.
There are a variety of important public issues being discussed publicly today, same sex marriage seems to be one of the most trending of them all. Part of this is due largely to fact that a vast majority of minorities in the United States are dealing with it today. This issue, however, sheds light on a few areas, primarily ethically, family values, morals, religious views and beliefs. What we need to consider is what same sex marriage consists of, the challenges and living as such, and finally the effects it has brought upon the government and lawmakers. There is obviously a rising conflict regarding this lifestyle, and if we do not pursue in fighting for the right, this country will continue to fall.