pursuit of happiness

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Pursuit of Happiness

Thomas Jefferson once wrote that, “that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” (Jefferson, “Declaration of Independence”) This Declaration was signed by the thirteen united states of America as an agreement. Over the 238 years since that important document was signed it seems as though those beginning words have been forgotten. Since the early 2000s, there has been a war raging between the borders of this nations. No, I do not mean the type of war of Iraq or Afghanistan, but one of as much importance to many. This war is for the rights of gay couples. Many have been protesting, marching, and picketing on legislation steps for the freedom to pursue happiness and marry who they so please. Being a nation with deep Christian values they have found a way to come against and ban these rights. As stated before though we have “unalienable Rights”. That means that no man on this Earth has the right to take them away. So who are we to stop a persons pursuit of happiness? As every other citizen has the right to marry who they please, so should the homosexuals. No bill or law should be passed to excluded certain actions based solely on the religious views of a group of people.
In 2004, Massachusetts was the first state that granted same sex couples the right to marry. Since then 16 states have joined the bandwagon. That is a good start but a far cry from 50. Out of those total 17 states; 6 were granted by court decision, 8 by state legislature, and 3 by popular vote, according to procon.org. Not to the surprise of many, the 33 states that have banned same sex marriages include the entire Bibl...

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To this day the fight for equality in marriage is still going strong. Many both homosexual and heterosexual agree that the right to find happiness with whomever a person please is their right. As long as that pursuit is not placing anyone in harms way. Eventually, as time passes, the realization of this freedom will be recognize throughout this nation. The 33 will slowly decrease, and 17 will turn to 50. These groups fighting for equality has the determination to see it through. Just as the supporters for civil rights knew that with their perseverance they would succeed in receiving equality for all races.

Works Cited

http://gaymarriage.procon.org/view.resource.php?resourceID=004857 http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/declaration.html http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-104hr3396enr/pdf/BILLS-104hr3396enr.pdf
http://www.freedomtomarry.org/states/
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