What is Marriage?
According to Cornell University Law School, the definition of marriage is “The lawful union of a couple as spouses. The basic elements of a marriage are: (1) the parties' legal ability to marry each other, (2) mutual consent of the parties, and (3) a marriage contract as required by law.” This definition states that marriage is essentially a contract between two people. Nowhere in this definition does it state that the marriage has to be between a man and a woman.
However, the Merriam-Webster dictionary definition of marriage is “(1) : the state of being united to a person of the opposite sex as husband or wife in a consensual and contractual relationship recognized by law (2) : the state of being united to a person of the same sex in a relationship like that of a traditional marriage.” This definition does allow for the interpretation of marriage as being a marriage, whether it is an opposite or a same-sex marriage.
What is a gay marriage?
When searching for a dictionary definition of a gay marriage or same-sex marriage it could not be found. However, in Wikopedia (not the most reliable source) a definition was found. It states that same-sex marriage (also known as gay marriage) is marriage between two people of the same biological sex and/or gender identity. Legal recognition of same-sex marriage or the possibility to perform a same-sex marriage is sometimes referred to as marriage equality or equal marriage, particularly by supporters. Many opponents characterize the legalization of same-sex marriage as “redefining marriage."
Florida’s law on gay marriage:
In Florida, gay marriage is not legally allowed due to statues that define marriage as a union between a man and a woman. The state passed the Defense of Marriage Act, in 1997, which recognizes same-sex relationships and including those that are legally recognized in other states. Then in November 2008, Florida banned same-sex marriages and civil unions and domestic partnerships with no legal recognition.
It is stated in the Florida constitution, in Article, I, Section 27 states: “Inasmuch as marriage is the lawful union of only one man and one woman as husband and wife, no other legal union that is treated as marriage or the substantial equivalent thereof shall be valid or recognized.”
Many Florida same sex residents have been married in other states and have legal marriages in those states. Luckily, for these couples many of these states allow non-residents to get married in their state. However, once they have arrived back in Florida their marriage is once again not recognized.
Pros of Same-Sex Marriage
Same-sex couples should be allowed to publicly celebrate their commitment just as a heterosexual couple would. According to the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, its states that many same-sex couples “want the right to legally marry and honor their relationship in the greatest way our society has to offer.”
It is believed that same-sex couples should have...