Similarly, heterosexual marriages are allowed in all countries. A, parts of Brazil and parts of Mexico especially Mexico City (Lahey & Alderson, 2010).However, only twelve countries have legalized same sex marriages nationwide; Belgium, Argentina, Denmark, Canada, the Netherlands, Iceland, Norway, Spain, Portugal, Sweden, South Africa and Uruguay. In the United States there are some laws that do not recognize same sex marriages.A case in point is the divergent reactions during the last presidential campaign when the incumbent president revealed that he supported gay marriage.
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).
It is often argued that children raised in heterosexual marriages grow up into responsible and well-balanced citizens than children brought up in homosexual marriages.
This is because children need both male and female role models to learn their roles in society properly.
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.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.Same sex marriages that wish to raise children can only adopt.This is because it is biologically impossible for same sex couples to conceive.Similarly, a survey which was conducted among homosexual couple couples in the Netherlands revealed that most same sex marriages have an average lifespan of two years. A national survey sponsored by the Journal of Sex revealed that 77 per cent of men in heterosexual marriages and 80 per cent of women remain faithful to their partner (Dailey, 2013).On the contrary, a Dutch study sponsored by the Journal of AIDS revealed that same sex partners in steady relationships have at least eight sexual partners in a year (Dailey, 2013).They argue that children raised in same sex marriages are likely to seek same sex relationships when they grow up.However, these arguments are based on personal opinions and belief since they are not backed by any data.Everybody has their own beliefs and opinions as regards same sex marriages.This paper seeks to compare and contrast same sex marriages with heterosexual relationships.