Liberty and Justice for Some Essay

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Liberty and Justice for Some

In the twenty-first century, many controversial issues surround the world that we live in. These issues, although sometimes small, can tear a nation apart. One of the largest controversies we face in this day and age is the legalization of same-sex marriage. For years, this debate has been continuing endlessly. But now a new generation is taking over, and change is finally coming to an onset. Same-sex marriage should be made legal in the United States because it is completely non-harmful, it is discriminatory, and it abolishes the idea of love. It seems in many cases, the older a generation is, the more ignorant they are about subjects such as this. They were raised to believe that homosexuality is wrong, let alone something as “adverse” as same-sex marriage. They believe that if same-sex marriage becomes a common thing to see on the streets, that it will affect their children in a harmful way. “The right for same-sex couples to openly admit love for one another is not harmful. Love doesn't undermine a society, prejudice does” (Petersen). Here are two scenarios: a child seeing his mother married and divorced six times (legal) or a child being raised by two loving fathers (illegal). You decide which is worse. The fact that gay marriage is not legal is minority discrimination, bar none. The majority of people against the legalization of gay marriage consist of mostly Christians who believe that marriage is between one man and one woman. If those are your beliefs, then that is perfectly acceptable; however, when you force your beliefs upon others, in such a discriminatory manner, that is when you are in the wrong. You are mixing church and state, which should be kept separate for this exact reason. “What we want is a decision that declares, once and for all, that gay people are equal under the law. That won't just open the doors to marriage equality nationwide, but will help us defeat all the other forms of discrimination that still endure” (Farago). You will see that when discriminatory laws such as this are abolished, other discriminations will also soon end. When we are very young, we are told that we can be anything we want to be, as long as we try hard enough. Some choose a career path, and stick to it. Others, choose a hobby that they love, and stick to that. But then there are others who care not what job they have, or where they live, just as long as they are with the person they love. What kind of society is this, where we’re told about love from a very young age, and then when we experience it for ourselves, we’re told that it’s forbidden? “If love isn’t the foundation of marriage, then all marriages; gay or not, should be criticized and examined” (Kaplan). There may not be a