Rahimi 1 Tara Rahimi English II Mrs.

Granno 9 January 2013 Same-Sex Marriage It is unbelievable that the United States of America, the land of the free, still has laws that ban the marriage of homosexual couples. Many states within the United States have been debating over this issue for years. Massachusetts was the first state to legalize gay marriage in May of 2004. As of November 7, 2012, eight more states made gay marriage legal in the United States. “I saw with so many of the gay couples, they were so devoted to another. I saw so much love. When this hearing was over, I was a changed person in regard to this issue. I felt that I understood what same-sex couples were looking for” (Kach). Homosexuality occurs in over 450 species. Homophobia only exists in one. Which seems unnatural now? When it comes down to it, we are all people with emotions and feelings regardless of our sexual orientation. We should give homosexuals the right to have marriage without putting labels on it, like a “civil union” or “gay marriage”. Legalizing homosexual marriage will stop discrimination, won’t have a negative impact on heterosexual marriages, and will not cause others to ask for outrageous requests to be legal. A marriage is between a spouse and a spouse not a gender and a gender. To deny homosexuals the right to get married is like the United States going back to the times of segregation. As our founding fathers stated in the Declaration of Independence, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” (Declaration of Independence). If a man’s happiness is to be with another man that

why are infertile couples allowed to get married and stay together or why do some couples just not have children at all? Getting married means much more than just having children. How can we say that an attraction between two people of the same gender is considered a sin. There is the argument that homosexual marriage does not follow the idea of “traditional marriages. Women now have rights in a marriage and there are interracial . Almost two-thirds of Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) students are scared to go to school because they are bullied.” In reality.Rahimi 2 he loves. If we make laws that make homosexual marriage legal. use of concubines and mistresses. "Every day I went into school I knew that something new was going to happen. School is a place to learn and be the best that you can be. If the laws of our country stand up for something. not a place to battle and stand up for a right that “straight” people are just given. Goodness knows how many times I put a knife to my wrist" (Daniel Shepphard). Not giving homosexuals the right to get married is a form of discrimination and gives people the mindset that it is perfectly fine to bully people that are different from them. It takes devotion and true love for a couple to get married. traditional marriage consisted of polygamy. more people will realize that it is not okay to bully someone because of their sexual preference. so will the people of the country. when all of the things listed about are considered as part of “traditional” marriage. if having children were to be the case of getting married. and commonality of prostitution. Is it fine for a 13 year old boy to cut himself for being the way he is? No one should feel so out of place and be so bullied that they would want to harm themselves or try to end their life. who are we to say it is wrong? Many think that homosexuals should not be allowed to marry because they cannot produce children. there really are not “traditional” marriages anymore. In ancient time. Marriage in the United States is a dynamic institution and has gone through many changes. communal child-rearing. However.

Also. Homosexuals do not protest against heterosexual marriages. can’t give consent. then soon people will be asking for polygamous. Are we to ban and blame heterosexual marriage for that? No. why not polygamy?” (Savage). As for polygamy. The ban of homosexual marriage should be lifted off of the 41 states that have not yet made it legal. marriage requires consent.Rahimi 3 marriages. “If we legalize gay marriage. Some people believe that gay marriage is a “slippery slope”. while homosexuals would do anything to have the same rights as heterosexual couples. Marriage and homosexual marriage is the same thing. and other nontraditional rights. In the past two decades. is still fighting for his right to get married to someone who he has been truly devoted to? It is unfair that “straight” people take marriage as an advantage. it is completely okay to have more than one spouse. who has been with his partner for more than 11 years. incestuous. public support for gay marriage has increased 1% annually. 41% of people strongly favor gay marriage. in many parts of the world today. there is a lot of cheating in relationships and marriages in the United States. “Everyone has people . First of all. Why is it that Kim Kardashian’s marriage that lasted for about 72 days is legal. which is a very positive impact on our world. bestial. children. If someone does not want a gay marriage. Gay marriage is now very widely accepted in the United States. They say that if people want homosexuals to have marriage rights. and animals. Homosexual marriage has no negative impact on society. It is time for our nation to accept each other despite our differences. and people in comas. there are already so many cases of rape. Making it legal will teach society to not discriminate others that are different than us. and are getting divorced left and right. they are not forced to get one. but if others do not agree with gay marriage. and they understand why some are against them. they are not forced to get one. except for the gender of the spouses. but Neil Patrick Harris. With gay marriage not legal.

Rahimi 4 in their lives that are gay. straight. we are all just people.. lesbian. lesbian or transgender or bisexual. etc. Gay marriage should be legalized and labels like gay. should be taken off because in the end. bisexual. but I guarantee they know somebody” (King). . They may not want to admit it.

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