Stand up for your rights. Come on!
Get up, stand up: stand up for your rights!"
Lyrics form the song, "Get Up, Stand Up", by Bob Marley If you listen to the TV or radio talking heads, it would be easy to think that America is permanently in the grip of some major political issue. That there is always some great political division at stake and everyone just can wait to get to the polling stations and express their opinions. However, it is not exactly true. If you look at simple numbers of voter turnout, they are comparatively low. For instance at its peak, during American presidential election year it averaged between 50 and 60% of the eligible voting population in the last several decades (and it is the high point), whereas in German federal elections voter turnout averaged more than 80%. It almost seems polite not to get into a debate on political issues in personal conversations.
Of course, there is always an exception. Typically it is someone at one of the extremes of the political spectrum, who is upset about some political injustice and eager to talk about it. I have a coworker like that - a smart guy and a rare bird in American politics (he is a true liberal and a socialist). Recently we had another conversation about a subject that affects only a small portion of the population and at the same time appears quite inflamma...
... middle of paper ...
...divorce. California is a no fault state. You don't have to come up with a reason or explanation for a divorce. On the other hand, Roman Catholic Church, for instance, does not recognize divorce at all. We already use different interpretation. Let’s just take it to the logical end.
In conclusion, I also want to argue that to recognize desire of two people of the same sex to connect their lives is at its essence an American approach. Remember what the declaration of the independence says. People are created equal and given unalienable rights among which are Life, Liberty and Pursuit of Happiness. We have given gays and lesbians life and liberty (no more criminal persecution). Now is the last step - let them be free in pursuit happiness. So, when the time comes (and it will), put aside any indifference you might have and stand of the side of equal rights for everyone.
Need Writing Help?
Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.Check your paper »
- Marriage is the sacred bond between two people who love and cherish one another. Traditionally this bond has been held between man and woman. With so many changes in the world, there are more openly homosexual people in our society. Though people have become more accepting of the existence of homosexuality, gays and lesbians are still considered unequal when it comes to marriage. Homosexual couples should have the same rights to marry as heterosexual couples. Denying this right is unjust and is discrimination towards a group of people.... [tags: Homosexual Couples Should Have the Right to Marry]
945 words (2.7 pages)
- Marriage. We celebrate it, sometimes mourn it, and even argue vehemently over it. Well, that is just what is happening today. No one can agree when it comes to the rights of marriage. Same-sex couples claim it is an unalienable right for them to marry. Opposite-sex couples get married on Friday and divorce on Monday. So what is the big issue. The hot topic these days seems to be the highly controversial issue of same-sex marriage. Should it be legalized. No. Same-sex marriage should not be legalized due to its harmful effects on societal order, the Constitution, and traditional religious values.... [tags: Anti Gay Marriage]
1245 words (3.6 pages)
- Same Sex Marriage Should Be Legal Marriage has long been a traditional aspect of Western Society. It is widely recognized as a ritual between both man and woman. Marriage is deemed as a holy matrimony meant to publically announce a commitment between two heterosexual individuals. For many traditional reasons and religious beliefs the institution of marriage has been denied to homosexuals. Publically opposing the idea of marriage by homosexuals openly shows bias towards equality of citizens under the law and places heterosexuals and homosexuals on separate planes as human beings.... [tags: Argumentative, Persuasive]
559 words (1.6 pages)
- According to the Human Rights Campaign, the 2000 Census reported 3.1 million people in the United States of America were living in same sex relationships. These citizens reside in 99.3 percent of the counties across the nation and it is estimated that between 1 and 9 million children are being raised by gay, bisexual or lesbian parents (Human Rights Campaign). These individuals are American citizens protected by the United States Constitution. Article 14.1 of the United States Constitution entitles all citizens equal protection under the law and forbids states from enacting laws which deny citizens’ rights.... [tags: gay rights, argumentative, persuasive]
1225 words (3.5 pages)
- Marriage is assumed by United States citizens to be a basic human right. When asked, a child will usually say that yes, they do plan to one day be happily married. As we grow older, we realize that it is not that simple; that there are many stigmas placed on “nontraditional” marriages. Throughout the history of the United States, minorities have had to battle for their right to marry whomever they choose. Interfaith, interracial, and same-sex couples have discovered the hard way that the same “natural” rights are not granted to all citizens.... [tags: Gay Marriage Essays]
1529 words (4.4 pages)
- Every little girl dreams of her wedding day, and many can even be seen dressing up, putting pillow cases on their heads and pretending that they are actually walking down that long aisle towards the one they love. As these little girls grow up, some of them, as well as some little boys . who may not play dress up, but have equal aspirations of marriage when they grow up . will be faced with the harsh reality that this illustrious day may never come to pass for them. The reason is not that they will be unable to find someone with whom they want to spend their lives, but that whom they have chosen is unacceptable to society because they happen to be of the same sex.... [tags: Gay Marriage 2014]
2340 words (6.7 pages)
- Marriage is legally defined as, a contract made in due form of law, by which a free man and a free woman reciprocally engage to live with each other during their joint lives, in the union which ought to exist between husband and wife. Many liberals argue that gay marriage should be legal in the United States. In the following essay I will attempt to argue why marriage between the same sexes is immoral and unjust. The first point I will talk about is how marriage is a traditional bond between a man and a woman.... [tags: Essays on Gay Marriage]
1215 words (3.5 pages)
- Same-sex Marriage Should be Legal "I do." These two simple words have the power change lives in an instant. For most people, the phrase conjures up images of a man and a woman being joined in marriage. But for gays and lesbians, having the chance to legally say "I do" is a far-off dream, not a reality. In many European countries, marriages between same-sex couples are federally recognized, but unions of American homosexuals still go unrecognized by the United States government. Same-sex marriages deserve to be legalized in this country.... [tags: Gay Lesbian Issues]
1002 words (2.9 pages)
- The goal of most people in life is to be happy. There are two major fronts to their happiness, their jobs and their love lives. While education may be the key to securing that perfect job, there is no formula for finding the perfect mate, especially for gays. Furthermore, once gays find their partners for life, the law does not recognize their marriage, denying homosexual spouses the benefits that heterosexual spouses have enjoyed for centuries. The roots of this debate lie in the soil of discrimination.... [tags: Gay and Lesbian Issues]
1576 words (4.5 pages)
- "So now you see the light, eh. Stand up for your rights. Come on. Get up, stand up: stand up for your rights!" Lyrics form the song, "Get Up, Stand Up", by Bob Marley Same Sex Marriage should be legalized in the United States. There are over 1,049 federal rights and also over 300 state rights (depending on what state) that couples receive when they become offical married of many of which are denied to people in civil unions.... [tags: Gay Lesbian Homosexual]
1795 words (5.1 pages)