Persuasive Essay On LGBT Marriage

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All over the world LGBT marriage is a widely debated topic. LGBT is an acronym that stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and any other sexuality. In 2004 approximately 55% of the US population opposed LGBT marriage (Jost, 2013, p. 261). Although, in the past few years’ people have become more accepting of the LGBT community and by November of 2013, 52% of the US population was in favor of LGBT Marriage (p. 261). As of 2015, 37 states have made LGBT marriage legal, but in the eyes of many this is still not enough. President Barack Obama stated in his inauguration speech that “Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law, for if we are truly created equal, then surely the…show more content…
constitution. Both the 5th and 14th Amendments of the U.S. constitution state that no person shall be "deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law" and the Equal Protection Clause in the 14th Amendment says that no state shall "deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws” (“Pro & Con Arguments: ‘Should Gay Marriage Be Legal?’ “, 2015). Yet, the federal government still created a law in 1996 known as DOMA, or the Defense of Marriage Act. DOMA treated same-sex couples as if they were not married, even if their marriage was valid in the state where they lived. DOMA also made same-sex couples unable to receive tax breaks, Social Security benefits, and even employer provided health insurance. Evan Wolfson, the founder and president of the New York City-based advocacy group Freedom to Marry clearly stated that, “the freedom to marry is a basic right under the Constitution” (as cited in Jost, 2013, p. 259). In June of 2013, the Supreme Court finally struck down DOMA, ruling the law unconstitutional (Jost, 2014). This opened the doors for more states to legalize LGBT marriage, and since the Supreme Court’s ruling in 2013 twenty-nine states have legalized it. To this day, there are only 13 more states that have to legalize LGBT marriage in the United…show more content…
“Men and women of full age, without any limitation due to race, nationality or religion... [have] the right to marry and to [find] a family. They are entitled to equal rights as to marriage, during marriage and at its dissolution” guarantees the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (“Pro & Con Arguments: ‘Should Gay Marriage Be Legal?’ “, 2015). Basic rights, benefits, and protections that are given to heterosexual couples are not given to same-sex couples. These benefits can include hospital visitations, joint taxes to reduce tax burden, access to family health coverage, and the inheritance rights if a partner dies (“Pro & Con Arguments: ‘Should Gay Marriage Be Legal?’ “). Same-sex couples also don’t have the right to protections like a heterosexual couple would if their relationship were to end. These rights include child custody, child or spousal support, and equal divisions of property (“Pro & Con Arguments: ‘Should Gay Marriage Be Legal?’ “). Even the White House website lists same-sex marriage amongst a selection of civil rights. Why is it so hard for people to let one person love another? No matter race, gender, religion, or sexuality the people of the United States should be allowed to love and marry whomever they

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