This research and deliberation activity encourages students to look at the issue of same-sex marriage from different points of view. For more than a decade, the question of whether same-sex couples should have the right to marry has divided Americans, setting off a sharp debate about the purpose of marriage and the claims of equality. Supporters of same-sex marriage say that gay and lesbian couples should be treated the same as heterosexual couples as a matter of fairness. Those who oppose same-sex unions say that giving gay couples the right to marry will weaken an institution that is essential to a stable society.
This resource was developed as part of The Exchange: A Marketplace of Student Ideas, the National Constitution Center’s nationwide conversation series on current constitutional issues.