Firstly, same sex marriages are only legalized in eighteen states in the U. Colorado was the latest state to legalize same sex marriages.However, heterosexual relationships are legal in all the fifty states in USA (Lahey & Alderson, 2010).
Various studies on same sex marriages show a different picture.
An online census of gay/lesbian couples that surveyed about eight thousand couples revealed that a mere 15 per cent indicated their relationship has lasted for at least 12 years.
A good example is the Defence of Marriage (DOMA) Law.
The law only allows a married American citizen to sponsor their spouse for immigration into the U. Similarly, the General Accounting Office has a list of 1049 protections and benefits obtainable byheterosexual married couples.
However, this option is only viable for lesbian couples due to biological limitations.
Male same sex couples may opt to use surrogate mothers.
This increases their risk to contract AIDS and other STDs.
In conclusion, there are various similarities and differences between same sex marriages and heterosexual marriages.
Same sex marriages, which are also referred to as gay marriages, are legal unions between persons that have the same gender identity or biological sex (Lahey & Alderson, 2010).
The American society is divided with regard to opinion on same sex marriages.