Legalizing Homosexual Marriage

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Homosexuality in America
One of the most controversial topics in modern American society is the legalization of homosexual marriage. The gay community is currently experiencing emotional and physical violence against them based on a difference in cultural choices, similar to what the black community suffered through during the civil rights movement and what women underwent during the women’s suffrage era. Laws against gay marriage are unconstitutional, as most were created because of Christian politicians’ opinions on homosexuality; however, America is not a Christian nation, and homosexuals should not be banned from marriage based on the beliefs of certain religions. As a country founded on freedom of cultural expression, America should legalize gay marriage.
Homosexuality has several standard arguments against it, and all can be shown to be unjustifiable or invalid. The first of these arguments is that homosexuality is unnatural. The reality is that homosexuality is more natural than marriage itself. Marriage is a societal institution that was created by humanity as a way to bond two humans together in love, thus making it an unnatural concept (Lipp). Homosexuality has been an existing practice in society for ages, with homosexual ideas being mentioned by people such as Plato in the Symposium and Aristophanes in some of his plays (Pickett). Homosexuality exists as naturally as heterosexuality does, it was just not as conveyed as openly in former eras as it is today; marriage itself is the truly unnatural idea.
Another reason why homosexuality is unaccepted is that most religions are against it, arguing that marriage is a “religious institution.” Marriage, however, is not a religious institution. As defined by the Merriam-We...

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