Myths that Led to the Recognition of Same-Sex Marriage in the United States

Part 1: Myths Relating to the Courts, Government, Law, and the US Constitution

  • Myth #1: Marriage is a government construct over which government and government alone has oversight.
  • Myth #2: The federal government, especially through its court system, has absolute authority over marriage.
  • Myth #3: The government bestows rights; therefore, the government can take them away.
  • Myth #4: The Supreme Court is the final arbiter of disputes in the United States.

Part 2: Myths Relating to Male-Female Differences, Procreation, Parenting, and the Absence of a Mother or Father in Every Home Run by a Same-Sex Couple

  • Myth #5: Gender is absolutely meaningless in marriage.
  • Myth #6: The fact that procreation occurs naturally only through heterosexual intercourse has nothing to do with marriage and the family.
  • Myth #7: Gender is absolutely meaningless in parenting.
  • Myth #8: Marriage is really all about adults—not children.

Part 3:

  • Myth #9: Marriage has more to do with sexual pleasure and emotional ties than producing children.

Part 4: Myths related to the civil rights movement and the to end bans on interracial marriage

  • Myth #10: The denial of marriage to same-sex couples is akin to the denial of civil rights to blacks during the Jim Crow era.
  • Myth #11: The denial of marriage to same-sex couples is akin to denying interracial couples marriage.

Part 5: Myths relating to discrimination and equality.

  • Myth #12: All discrimination is bad and must be criminalized.
  • Myth #13: Equality for gays with regard to marriage will be achieved only when discrimination preventing gays from marrying each other is eliminated.

Part 6:

  • Myth #14: Same-sex marriage has implications for the same-sex couple only, and not for others.


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