An Analysis and Evaluation of Rep.Tammy Baldwin's Respect for Marriage Act

An Analysis and Evaluation of Rep.Tammy Baldwin
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(Name) (Professor) (Subject) (Date) An Analysis and Evaluation of Rep. Tammy Baldwin’s Respect for Marriage Act For Representative Tammy Baldwin, an openly gay Congresswoman and cosponsor to the Respect for Marriage Act, gays and lesbians in America have as much a right to marriage as heterosexuals…

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If arguing from a utilitarian standpoint, I will be able to prove that the Baldwin’s decision to push for the Respect for Marriage Act is in fact a morally good decision. I will be able to do this despite rebuttals from the critics of utilitarianism and the proponents of Kantian ethics. The issue of same-sex marriage has always been a moral issue in the United States, as well as in the rest of the world. In the United States, despite the American Psychiatric Association declaring in 1973 that homosexuality is not a disease (“Facts about Homosexuality,” UCDavis), religious and conservative groups in the country have maintained their stance on homosexuality despite the fact that European countries like the Netherlands and Belgium, as well as neighboring Canada, have instituted same-sex marriages (Robinson). Despite the fact that the states of Massachusetts, Connecticut, California, Iowa, Vermont, New Hampshire and the District of Columbia have already begun issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, 37 states are still under the Defense of Marriage Act (“Same-Sex Marriage,” NCSL). This means that the majority of the states, as well as the federal government, still do not recognize the sanctity and legality of same-sex marriages even in those states that allow such kind of marital union. ...
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