Essay on Same Sex Marriage

Submitted By kdogbiscuits
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For Better or for Worse In terms of same sex marriage, the constitution becomes irrelevant to the people who believe that same sex marriage is “un-American”, when in reality the constitution states that all men are created equal. Homosexuals are fighting for what they deserve constitutionally: the freedom that every citizen has the right to love whoever they may choose. In reality, three quarters of Americans discriminate against the homosexual minority by denying them their rights to marriage, marriage tax and health care benefits, and the will to raise children comfortably. The stereotype has it that homosexuality is only about "dirty" sex. On the other hand, homosexuality is merely a preference and much more about love and affection. All relationships, including homosexual ones, are based on mutual attraction, love and affection. Throughout the country and in other countries there has been a numerous increase in the marriages of homosexuals. Same sex marriages defy the laws of Christianity, and it is immoral in the eyes of most of the American society. Homosexuality in all countries has been looked down upon and sometimes condemned. This opposition stems mainly from the Holy Bible. The couple in the Garden of Eden was a man and a woman who would then procreate. Many people state that the purpose of marriage is to procreate and that is why they are against gay marriage. Although that may be true, if homosexual couples marry without procreation, they are no different from a sterile man or woman who marries without the hope of procreation. Jonathan Rauch stated in For Better or Worse, “There are far more sterile heterosexual unions in America than homosexual ones. “The ‘anatomical possibility’ crowd cannot have it both ways. If the possibility of children is what gives meaning to marriage, then a post-menopausal woman who applies for a marriage license should be turned away at the courthouse door. What’s more, she should be hooted at and condemned for stretching the meaning of marriage beyond its natural basis and so reducing the institution to frivolity.” So to deny a marriage license to two people of the same sex are no different from denying a marriage license to two people of different sexes with no intention of having children.
Now, imagine if tomorrow, Congress enacted a law denying Jews the right to raise children together in a legally protected relationship. Or if by act of law, African-American couples who had lived together for years would no longer be permitted joint filing of tax returns, joint policies for their home, health or auto insurance. Of course, this is a daily reality for millions of homosexual Americans. While it may not be readily apparent, marriage comes with a host of legal rights (1,049 to be exact) ranging from the ability to collect Social Security survivor’s benefits to the right not to have to testify against a spouse in court. Homosexual couples with the economic means can contract for some of the privileges and protections of marriage through wills, living wills, health care proxies and powers of attorney. But even the wealthiest of couples can still only contract for a handful of the rights associated with marriage. So for instance, they could not contract for tax exemptions or the right to conjugal visits with a spouse in prison. Additionally, the documents are expensive, and must be custom-tailored to meet the specific circumstances of an individual couple. Denying homosexuals the right to marry impacts poor and working class Americans the hardest.
All of the research to date has reached the same conclusion about homosexual