America Needs Gay Marriage and Same-sex Adoption

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Families gather together in their backyards to celebrate America’s birth and get ready to light fireworks. Children chatter excitedly to themselves as their fathers bring out the cases of fireworks bought from the local grocery store. Mothers talk among themselves, stirring their glasses of lemonade absently. This picture, so common in society, will sound unfamiliar to very few. Every year, on July 4th, Americans commemorate the birth of their prestigious country; yet a question arises as to whether or not they remember what they are truly celebrating. The United States of America was founded on the premise of individual freedoms for all, yet many people still choose to ignore the fact some of their neighbors and fellow co-workers still do not enjoy the same rights and privileges they do. Who then, does not partake of the freedoms that many Americans take for granted? The answer is the gay and lesbian community. Many of these people are treated as second-class citizens when they do not deserve it. Members of the gay and lesbian community deserve to legally marry, adopt children, and be guaranteed protection from discrimination. One of the many privileges gays and lesbians are deprived of today is the right to legally marry. In fact, denying gays and lesbians the opportunity to marry is unconstitutional. “The US Supreme Court ruled in 1974’s Cleveland Board of Education v. LaFleur that the ‘freedom of personal choice in matters of marriage and family life is one of the liberties protected by the Due Process Clause’” (“Should Gay Marriage Be Legal?”). Therefore, preventing gays and lesbians from marrying contradicts the United States Constitution. Despite the Supreme Court’s verdict, others will argue that gay mar... ... middle of paper ... ...3. Same-Sex Parents with a Baby. Photograph. N.d. Section 04 and 05 F11 PSY 1001. University of Minnesota Blogs. Web. 13 Nov. 2013. Thompson, William C., Jr., Gayle M. Horwitz, Eduardo Castell, and Marcia Van Wagner. Love Counts: The Economic Benefits of Marriage Equality for New York. Office of the New York City Comptroller, Office of Fiscal & Budget Studies, June 2007. Web. 4 Nov. 2013. Two Women Get Married. Photograph. N.d. The Calvington Post. Duke University. Web. 13 Nov. 2013. Vespa-Papaleo, J. Frank, Steven Goldstein, Stephen J. Hyland, Barbara G. Allen, AnnLynne Benson, Robert Brensenhan, Jr., Joseph A. Komosinki, Erin O'Leary, Charles Blustein Ortman, Melissa H. Raksa, Barbra Casbar Siperstein, Linda Schwimmer, and Kevin E. Taylor. Consequences of New Jersey's Civil Union Law. Rep. New Jersey Civil Union Review Commission, 10 Dec. 2008. Web. 5 Nov. 2013.

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