Debate Club

Should Gay Marriage be Legal Nationwide?

This summer, New York became the latest state to legalize same-sex marriage. As of July 24, six states and the District of Columbia issue marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples. Across the country, the battles over same-sex couples marrying continues, as many states have passed laws restricting marriage to heterosexual couples.  Gay marriage critics also continue to rally behind the Defense of Marriage Act, a federal law signed by President Bill Clinton that defines marriage as being between a man and a woman. Recently, Attorney General Eric Holder declared that some elements of that law are unconstitutional and that the Department of Justice would no longer defend it. Nevertheless, gay and lesbian activists insist the federal government should do more to make same sex marriage legal nationwide, and not just state by state. Meanwhile House lawmakers, led by Speaker John Boehner looked into how Congress could use the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group to defend DOMA.  Here is Debate Club’s take on legalizing same sex marriage nationwide:


The Arguments

#1
951 Pts
Without Nationwide Gay Marriage, U.S. Government Discriminates

Yes – Without Nationwide Gay Marriage, U.S. Government Discriminates

Evan Wolfson Founder and President of Freedom to Marry

#2
838 Pts
Americans Want Fairness for Gay Couples

Yes – Americans Want Fairness for Gay Couples

Rea Carey Executive Director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

#3
609 Pts
The Constitutional Argument for Gay Marriage

Yes – The Constitutional Argument for Gay Marriage

Robert F. Nagel Professor at Colorado Law School

#4
-779 Pts
Same-Sex 'Marriage' Would Lead to a Push for Polygamy

No – Same-Sex 'Marriage' Would Lead to a Push for Polygamy

Peter Sprigg Fellow at Family Research Council

#5
-820 Pts
Nationally Legal Gay Marriage Puts Churches at Risk

No – Nationally Legal Gay Marriage Puts Churches at Risk

Brian Brown President of the National Organization for Marriage


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