According to a May Gallup Poll, just 27% of Americans thought same-sex marriage should be legal in 1996. That same poll was conducted again in 2013, and the number has almost doubled to 53% (Stark & Roberts, 2013). Although that is progress, it’s just not enough. Our country is divided over something as simple as whether or not to offer a human civil rights. Gay and lesbian couples are often denied rights that are typically taken for granted by the average heterosexual American. People should not be discriminated against just because of their sexual orientation. Same sex marriage should be legal everywhere, because homosexuals are citizens and civil rights should not be based on a person’s sexuality. The biggest reason, in my mind, for marriage equality is that everyone should be seen as equal citizens with equal rights. If two people are expected to be productive citizens, obey the laws, and pay taxes, how can they not both be given the same rights just because one of them is gay? This is basically history repeating itself. In the 1950’s, interracial marriage was illegal. Today, that seems ridiculous. Equal rights should not be denied to couples who love each other, and same-sex marriage is no different. Hopefully, it’s only a matter of time before this is also history. Thanks to Section Three of the “Defense of Marriage Act” being declared unconstitutional in July of 2013, many same sex-couples can now receive the same benefits that a married straight couple would. Although, it may be hard for gay married couples in states where their marriage is not recognized as legal. This is why we need equality everywhere. A 2009 study done by the New York Times estimates that a same-sex couple denied marriage benefits will incur a minimum of $41,196 in expenses over their lifetime compared to a married heterosexual couple. That same study determined that almost all the extra costs would be eliminated if homosexual couples were allowed to marry (Bernard & Lieber, 2009). A majority of youth suicides today can be attributed to bullying as a result of sexual orientation. The sooner we legalize gay marriage, the sooner we can work on showing people that homosexuality is accepted in society. Being different is not a bad thing, and we need to work accepting people for who they are. Bullying is wrong, which I am sure most people would agree with, so why are we, as adults, bullying and segregating a whole group of people? One of the biggest arguments against legalizing gay marriage is that the Bible states that it’s wrong. There is actually very little in the Bible to support that claim. I am not a religious person, and I can’t even remember going to church as a child. I don’t understand how the Bible can be such a huge argument against gay marriage. Why does it matter what the Bible says about homosexuality when it comes to their rights? Religion and government are supposed to be kept separate for a reason. What you choose to believe or not believe is your personal choice, and making same-sex marriage legal is not going to change that. The central idea of religion and the Bible is supposed to be love and acceptance. Therefore, the idea of denying another person their right to marry the person they love should be wrong and unacceptable. I’ve often heard people say that if we legalize same-sex marriage, it’s only a matter of time before we’ll be having the same fight over marrying animals or family members. It’s important to note that of the fifteen countries and fifteen U.S. state that have already legalized gay marriage, not a single one has moved on to the next step of legalizing marriage involving children, animals, or families. Homosexual marriage is no more likely to lead to these issues than Heterosexual marriage is. Marriage should be between two consenting adults, period. Even if you are against gay marriage, there is one thing we can all agree on, and that’s that the economy needs help. If gay marriage was allowed, the
Pro’ Gay Marriage
There are many ways to describe marriage. There are legal definitions, biblical definitions, and personal definitions. Which one is the right definition? The decision of which definition is the right one depends on where you live and what you believe. There are many different types of unions that can be viewed as marriages. Comparing these different relationships gives insight to how relationships are formed and joined. Although marriage is just a civil union in the eyes of the…
The Fight for Same-Sex Marriage
Same-sex marriage is one of the most pressing issues facing state governments in America today. It polarizes people all over the country mainly because it touches not only on a political level, but also on a moral level. In a society where all men are created equal the question is why there are inequalities between people due to their choice of sexuality. It would be beneficial for state governments, not only economically, but also socially to make…
Ask just about anyone. They will all tell you they're in favor of equal rights for homosexuals. Just name the situation, and ask. They will all say, yes, gays should have the same rights in housing, jobs, public accommodations, and should have equal access to government benefits, equal protection of the law, etcetera, and etcetera. Nearly seventy percent of people in the U.S. oppose gay marriage, almost the same proportion as are otherwise supportive of gay rights.…
Straightforward : How to Mobilize Heterosexual Support for Gay Rights
by Ian Ayres, Jennifer Gerarda Brown
Every gay man and lesbian in America has at least two heterosexual allies willing to actively support their struggle for equality, hypothesize husband-and-wife law professors Ayres (Yale, and also a Forbes columnist) and Brown (Quinnipiac College). They argue that the hetero ally total is something like 20 million-all of whom would actively welcome "pragmatic advice" on how they can support…
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20 February 2013
“Should the Federal Government define marriage as a union between a man and a woman?”
The Federal Government should not define marriage as a union between a man and woman only. If the Federal Government amends the constitution to define marriage as only a union between a man and a woman it will be violating the Civil Rights of gay citizens. “Civil rights" are the rights of individuals to receive…
to see the current example of this? The issue of gay marriage. A touchy subject by nature, this topic is one of the few issues that has been going on since perhaps the creation of man. On one side, you have the conservative, traditional group who despises the very idea of same sex marriage for many reasons. Against them we have those who welcome any sort of “taboo” way of life due to their interpretation of the constitution. The issue of gay marriage is a sensitive topic that causes us to challenge…
The impact of gay marriage on social welfare in Minnesota
Gay marriage has been an intense issue in the state of Minnesota for some years now and quite recently it has been legalized. Whether it is positive or negative depending on how an individual would view it, the citizens of Minnesota have to deal with it. Despite the fact that it has been accepted by law, there are still many people who are strongly opposed to it. However those in support cannot believe how far they have come in embracing…
Gay Marriage in the United States has been a contentious issue for the last twenty or so years. Many people view being gay as a new phenomenon or socially constructed unit; but the origins of homosexuality extend as far back as the history of people. With the emergence of bullying as a huge barrier to adolescent development as well as teen suicide; homosexuality has taken the burden of the blame for these occurrences. The rights for gays and gay marriage are a national issue…
Thesis:Gay marriage has been a recent source of conflict for many people world wide. 1.The debate over sex marriage has been a big issue in our society for many years, whether or not gay marriage should be legalized.
2. Those people who get involved in this debate are mainly the religious community and the gay community .
B.Countries such as UK and America started approving of gay marriage in 2000.
1.Homosexuals have been fighting for gay marriage to be legalized for many…
Is it gay marriage or “should I say just same-sex couples?” These words gay and marriage just do not match well together in my opinion. The joining of these words “gay marriage” is just a new vocabulary that same-sex couples have brought as an idea to define and legalize their relationships. It is a concept that many people and I just consider not acceptable. Actually, it is to mislead the real meaning of marriage.
Some 150 years of systematic inquiry by…