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Homosexual Couples Should Be Allowed To Marry
This is an essay about the legalization of heterosexual marriage.
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Homosexual Couples Should be Allowed to Marry
Same-sex marriage should be legalized. There are many different arguments both for and against the legalization of same-sex marriage. However some arguments are based on stereotypes and assumptions alone. These things do not provide enough facts or evidence to form a good opinion. In order to form a reasonable opinion based on facts you need to know the arguments of both sides and why some don’t work and what the U.S. Constitution says that is related to this subject.
One argument against the legalization of same-sex marriage is that homosexual couples can’t naturally reproduce through their union. (Leah Moore pg1) “If elderly, sterile, or impotent couples cannot be denied the right to marry because of traditional link between marriage and procreation, nether can lesbian or gay couples be denied the right for that type of reason.”(William Eskridge, Jr. pg96) Another argument is that letting gays and lesbians marry will destroy the institution of marriage. When you talk about legalizing same-sex marriage you are talking about a very small percentage of the population. If we let this small percentage of the population marry I seriously doubt that the effects to the institution of marriage will be significantly less than that of no-fault divorce. My last is that some people argue that children raised by gay couples wont have a balanced male and female influence. However recent studies support the idea that kids raised by gay couples tend to be more tolerant, do better in school and have more balanced and healthy social lives. Also many men are afraid of gays because they think that all gays are rapists. As Yoda says, fear leads to anger; anger leads to hate; hate leads to suffering; suffering leads to the dark side (Jedi Master Yoda, Star Wars: Episode 1 The Phantom Menace, 1999).
One argument supporting same-sex marriage is that gay and lesbian couples do not have many of the same rights as married heterosexual couples. Homosexual couples that are not allowed to marry are denied certain legal benefits that are specifically tied to legally recognized marriage. A few of these are: workers’ compensation survivor benefits; access to a spouse’s life, medical and disability insurance; spousal benefits under annuity and retirement plans. Hospital visitation and medical decision-making privileges, and the right to refuse to testify against ones spouse. The Declaration of Independence sates that all people are created equal. If we Deny homosexual couples the right to marry and deny them the rights that are tied to legally recognized marriage then we cannot say that they are being treated equally. There have been many homosexual unions practiced in the past where many of the benefits of marriage were provided (bambooweb.com). Why should this be any different that what has already happened.
The U.S. Constitution has a few things to know about when arguing against or for same-sex marriage. One of these things is what the Constitution says about separation of church and state. Many of the arguments against same-sex marriage are based in religion. Therefor any laws passed by state governments or the federal government that have been made as a result of religious arguments on a subject must be declared unconstitutional because according to the Constitution the government has no right to make laws based on religious beliefs. In the 14th amendment of the Constitution it states that all citizens have equal protection under the law. There have been other times in American history when certain group were not accepted and discriminated against. Yet most of those groups have been accepted.
I believe that homosexual marriage should be allowed and that gay and lesbian couples should have equal rights just like the rest of us. However this is only possible if everyone has their facts straight. Also if everyone knows why homosexual marriage should be legal. Last if people know what’s in the U.S. Constitution about what the government can and cannot do on this subject. I wish that all people really were treated equally in the U.S. and in the world and making homosexuals equal is a start.
Bambooweb: gay marriage. May 9, 2005.
Eskridge, William Jr. “The Case for Same-Sex Marriage.” The Free Press. Cited in Moore, Leah. May 7, 2005.
Moore, Leah. In Defense of Gay Marriage. May 7, 2005.
Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. 1999.
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"Dear Shaun: As a gay male, I do agree with your piece regarding gay marriage. However the way in which you wrote it wasn't as tidy as it could have been. You have some very good quotes but I do not recall seeing any verifiable facts. Another point I'd like to make is to please use your spell check option and always, always proofread your work to avoid errors. Proofreading is vital because you have a few run-on and incomplete sentences and thoughts such as: “Also if everyone knows why homosexual marriage should be legal. Last if people know what’s in the U.S. Constitution about what the government can and cannot do on this subject.” I’m not sure that what you have here constitutes a complete thought. Also, if you are going to quote anyone, it is always necessary to add quotation marks at the beginning and ending of each quote. That allows the reader to know that what he or she is reading is a quote from a source of some kind. Lastly, detail where that quote or fact came from, not just an abstract name and page number. Until I got to the end of your piece, I wasn’t aware of what or who Leah Moore was. That was just some helpful and friendly advice but all in all, good piece. With some editing and tightening up, great piece. Thanks. Jeff [email protected] " -- Jeffrey, NYC.
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