Same sex couples look at being denied the right to legally marry each other as their freedom of speech being taken away, but in actuality they are only expressing their love. Legalizing gay marriage will not damage society. If same sex marriage were legal everywhere in the United States, society will still function normally and no family values will be lost. If gay marriage is legal in seventeen, why must the other thirty three states continue to ban same sex marriage? How can we all be equal if we are being denied certain rights because of who we love?
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Homosexual couples are capable of romantic relationship, not just sexual relationship, which is required in a marriage. They are capable of loving their spouse just like heterosexual couple, opposing the hearsay, which stated that homosexual relationship consists exclusively on lust. On this wise, it can be concluded that homosexual marriage and heterosexual marriage is based on the same principle. Public acceptance on homosexuality is slowly changing. A survey that has been conducted shows that a large circle of adolescent is far more accepting of homosexual rights in comparison to the previous generation.
Preventing same sex couples from marrying is not only denying them their civil rights, it is also discriminating against their innocent family members. Gay marriage is just another hurdle to be overcome by Americans in their pursuit of freedom and equality. Gays and lesbians are not the first Americans to be denied their civil rights. Woman and interracial couples were also denied equal rights when it came to marriage for many years. In the beginning, women had little say in whom or when they married.
Even though I am not a relative to, close to, or am homosexual, I still feel a strong sense of devotion towards the fight for the legalization of gay marriage due to my beliefs and morals. I do not feel that it is right to deny a group of specific people the benefits guaranteed to everyone else. My life would not be directly affected if a law was passed promising every one of any sexual orientation the right to wed, but I hope to be a part in gaining that benefit for those that have been previously denied it. Also in the process of researching, I hoped to gain an understanding of whether or not the arguments of those who oppose equality can disconfirm the reasons ... ... middle of paper ... ...Helfman, T. (2013). Gay Marriage, the Court, and Federalism.
If gay marriage was legal gay, lesbian, and bisexuals would not be deprived of the many benefits that come along with being married. When you get married you automatically gain a multitude of benefits. According to the article “Gay Rights” from Facts on File, there are many benefits gays do not get because they cannot marry. Gay couples do not get to visit each other in the hospital, or jail. They cannot refuse to testify against their significant other in court.
There are several various reasons that gays and lesbians seek the right of marriage for personal reasons also and they should not be denied the same rights as anyone. As American citizens we are promised our unalienable rights of life, liberty and pursuit of happiness as it states in the Declaration of Independence. Our forefathers probably never imagined this day would come, that women and men in America would fight for the right to marry their same sex just as heterosexuals marry. But then, neither could they dream that the President of the United States would attempt to write discrimination into our Constitution, either. The fact remains that the Constitution was written to "...secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity."
Same sex marriages should be allowed for the following reasons: gay couples should have the same rights as straight couples, it goes against their constitutional rights as American citizens, and it would bring in revenue for the government. The slogan “Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve,” is used by most heterosexuals who protest homosexuality, calling it “unnatural” and shudder at the idea of gay marriage. “There are both modern and ancient examples of family arrangements that were, or are based on polygamy, communal child-rearing, the use of concubines and mistresses and the commonality of prostitution, heterosexual monogamy can be considered "unnatural” in evolutionary terms” (Should Marriage Be Legal). This statement debunks arguments against gay marriage who claim that it is not a “traditional marriage,” because not even heterosexual marriages today represent the traditional ways. Another anti-homosexual is Peter S. Sprigg, MDiv, Senior Fellow for Policy Studies at the Family Research Council had the following to say about same sex marriage: “Marriage is a public instit... ... middle of paper ... ...ith determination and uniting can they achieve the same rights as heterosexuals.
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