Same-Sex Marriage Webquest

Mr. Nichols--Contemporary Issues

Social Controversies Standards

CI.10 Identify various contemporary religious perspectives on social issues

CI.31 Analyze the debate over the legalization of gay marriage

Questions to consider as a foundation to your exploration.

•What are morals? Who decides? How do morals influence or impact our legal codes?

•What is the legal definition of marriage? What rights and privileges are provided for married couples? What is the purpose of marriage?

•What countries allow same-sex marriage? What do those countries have in common?

•What are the differences between civil unions and marriages?

Assignment for webquest

Based on your reading, viewing and listening, answer the following questions from both a pro and a con viewpoint. Use evidence from what you learned to defend your response.

  1. Should same-sex marriage be legal?
  2. How does same-sex marriage impact religious freedom?
  3. Is marriage a civil right?
  4. How does same-sex marriage affect “traditional” marriage?

Once you have answered these questions, use them to write a defense of your assigned "side" of the issue. You must cite specific evidence in your argument, and you must try to convince someone that yours is the correct viewpoint.

Same-sex marriage world map

From International Freedom to Marry:

"Seventeen countries have approved the freedom to marry for same-sex couples nationwide (Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Canada, South Africa, Norway, Sweden, Portugal, Iceland, Argentina, Denmark, France, Brazil, Uruguay, New Zealand, Britain, and Luxembourg), while two others have regional or court-directed provisions enabling same-sex couples to share in the freedom to marry (Mexico and the United States). Many other countries provide some protections for such couples. As more and more countries and parts of the United States win the freedom to marry, we see that families are helped, and communities and countries made stronger, by protecting all loving committed couples. Click the map to enlargen it. (Last Updated: October 2014)"

Read the following articles and watch the video on the "con" side of the debate

Podcasts-Pro, Con & Global Perspective


"Historic Same-Sex Marriage Rights Victory in the United States." Gale Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Detroit: Gale, 2013. Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 18 Nov. 2014.

World Laws Pertaining to Homosexual Relationships and Expressions. 2014. Creative Commons.