Gay marriage is a hot topic in the U.S.
right now. Many people believe that being gay is wrong; therefore they are against gays marrying. Marriage should be about love and the desire to be together, not about who’s marrying who. Same-sex marriage should be legalized because they deserve equal rights, their marriage doesn’t affect the heterosexual community, and more children will become successfully adopted.
Homosexual people, like blacks and women did not long ago, are fighting for equal rights. Not being able to get married is an infringement of their rights. In Michael Klarman’s article, How Same-Sex Marriage Came to Be, he stated, “Vermont’s high court ruled that the traditional definition of marriage discriminated against same-sex couples.” In order to get equal rights, same sex couples need to have their relationship legally recognized, so instead of being given the right to actually marry, gay people were allowed to have “civil unions” which gave them the benefits of marriage.Jacob Held states in his article, Gay Marriage, Liberalism, and Recognition, “The argument from definition simply says that marriage is defined as a union between a man and a woman, so gay marriage cannot be marriage” (222).
If gay marriage rights aren’t equal to heterosexual couple’s rights then there is no such thing as “equal rights”, it denies them of an essential freedom. Homosexual couples have to fight for rights, such as visiting their partner in the hospital, making important medical decisions, or being on the same insurance. Heterosexual couples don’t have to fight for those sorts of things. There should be a separation between Church and State, and religious perspectives should have no place in federal legal matters.
Everyone has different religious views, and in the US, we accept this religious freedom, so why do we not accept homosexuals getting married? It doesn’t affect the heterosexual community in any way.Recognizing homosexuals as being no different than heterosexuals, and allowing them to get married, will reduce depression and anxiety in gay teens. Being a teenager is difficult enough, but imagine being a teenager who gets bullied because they’re gay. Maggie Gallagher writes in her article, “LGBT teens are roughly four times as likely as other students to have attempted suicide in the last year (31 percent vs. 8 percent).
” If we’re willing to accept everyone and not bully someone because they’re “different” then maybe teen suicide numbers will decrease.In reality, there’s no fundamental reason for forbidding homosexual marriage rights. However there are older generations and religious people who are against it because it’s “wrong” or a marriage isn’t really a marriage without being able to have kids. As Jacob Held said in his article, “A marriage is essentially between a man and woman because they are the ones who can have children” (223). There are heterosexual couples that are married who choose not to have children; does that mean they aren’t really married? There are so many children in the world who need to be adopted, but gay couples, who desperately want children, have a hard time adopting. Stated in the article, Get the Facts, “Parents should be judged on their ability to parent, not by their age, race, religion, gender, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity.
”There are many people who oppose homosexual marriage. As Wenz states in his book, Beyond Red and Blue, “Homosexuality is as futile as trying to put a square peg in a square peg” (187). Opponents may argue that gay marriage will devalue marriage itself, but is this really true? I don’t think it is. Kim Kardashian, a reality star, made a mockery of marriage with her 72 day “marriage” to Kris Humphries, a player in the NBA.
Neil Patrick Harris, an actor, has been with his boyfriend for over 9 years and they have two children together. We need to ask ourselves which relationship is worse for the institution of marriage.Love is a wonderful thing and should be celebrated no matter what the sexual orientation is. Homosexual people should be able to have equal rights, relationship arguments, and love that straight people have because they are no different. Marriage is commitment of love; it shouldn’t be a right that’s denied.
There’s a lot of hate towards gay people which leads to bullying and suicide. It’s sad, but hopefully once they are allowed to get married, people will see that homosexuals are just like heterosexuals. The Declaration of Independence states that all men are created equal, and it’s about time everyone gets treated equally.