Persuasive Essay On Gay Marriage

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Imagine after years of searching you found that one person, your one true love, to spend the rest of your life with. Both of you are deeply in love with one another and want to celebrate your commitment by getting married and raising a family. Both of you go to get your marriage license only to be told by State officials that you do not qualify for one because you are both from the same sex. Unfortunately, this was the hardship that most same-sex couples in America faced every day for the past several decades. Gay and lesbians were consistently denied rights that are typically taken for granted by the average American. They were held at an unfair disadvantage solely because of their sexual orientation. However, all that has changed within the…show more content…
According to Attorney, Lina Guillen, “there are over one thousand federal laws in which marriage status is a factor. These laws confer rights, protections, and benefits to married couples -- from Social Security survivor benefits to federal tax benefits to federal employee health and retirement benefits” (“Federal Marriage Benefits”). Before the Supreme Court’s ruling, same-sex couples were not afforded these benefits since they were not considered legally married. Couples who were in domestic partnerships received only minimal protection in comparison to other heterosexual couples. While they received some state-level protections, they did not receive any of the more than 1,100 federal benefits and protections of marriage (“Federal Marriage Benefits”). Besides losing out on all of the marital benefits, same-sex couples incurred more expenses over their lifetime than married heterosexual couples. In an analysis done by Tara Bernard and Ron Lieber, it was estimated that “same-sex couples who had been denied marriage benefits would incur an additional $41,196 to $467,562 in expenses over their lifetime compared to a married heterosexual couple” (“The High
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