Avanesova 1 Alina Avanesova English 1102-037 Ms.
Coco 5 April 2011 Legalizing Gay Marriage In All Fifty States When I was in high school, I had a friend that was madly in love with his partner. They were inseparable. You could tell it was true love when you saw them. There was only one problem, his partner was another boy. Neither parents approved nor did their classmates and peers. Everyone thought it was unbearable because gay relationships go against the religious beliefs that they had been following their entire lives. However, the two boys didn¶t care what everyone thought and they wanted to get married. They lived in North Carolina, where gay marriage was illegal, so they knew they had to go to a different state where gay marriage was actually legal. But they couldn¶t quite understand why. Why were they denied the right to marry in North Carolina? Why can¶t gay marriage be legal in all of the United States? This controversial issue has been around for many years now and even though many might not realize, but gay marriage is very beneficial for the society and the country itself. Due to the fact that gay marriage can bring financial gain to the governments, give people basic rights such as hospital visitations, and an easier way to adopt children, gay marriage can actually be valuable to the society and should be legalized in all states. Gay marriage, also known as same-sex marriage, can be defined as a union between two men or two women that can be recognized by the society and by law. It has been around for many years now. On May 17, 2004, Massachusetts became the first state to legalize gay marriage. Slowly after, a few other states caught on and also legalized same-sex marriage.
Avanesova 2 Those states were Connecticut, Iowa, Vermont, New Hampshire, and District of Columbia (³Should Gay Marriage Be Legal?´). Gay marriage recognition has been one of the most socially and legally controversial issues for quite a while now and continues to attain high recognition in today¶s society. Who is to say what is right and wrong for other people? A person has their own mind set and can make that decision for themselves. It doesn¶t seem to be of anyone else¶s business if two men or two women want to get married. People opposing this issue argue that same-sex marriage goes against the ³traditional´ form of marriage. But what exactly is the ³traditional´ marriage now? America today has grown into a society with different cultures, traditions, races, religions, and ethnicities. This melting pot has lead to those different ethnicities and religions getting married together. It isn¶t strange to see a Muslim woman marrying a Caucasian man, or an African American man marrying a Hispanic woman. So if different religions and races can marry, why can¶t people of the same sex? The term ³traditional´ marriage seems to no longer exist in the United States. This criteria is important when thinking whether to legalize gay marriage in all states. Denying same-sex couples the right to marry makes them feel inferior, and as if they are doing harm to the society. The government also makes it seem as if it is acceptable to discriminate against same-sex couples. In an opinion to the Senate, the Massachusetts Supreme Court wrote ³offering civil unions is not an acceptable alternative to gay marriage because it is a considered choice of language that reflects a demonstrable assigning of same-sex, largely homosexual, couples to second-class status" (³Should Gay Marriage Be Legal?´). If America stands for freedom, equality, and justice, why can¶t gay people be treated this way just like
Avanesova 3 everyone else? This leads to the criteria why same-sex marriage should be legalized in all fifty states. One important issue relating with same-sex marriage is that it can bring financial gain to state and local governments in the United States. Revenue from gay marriage may come from higher income taxes, marriage licenses, and the decrease in costs for state benefit groups (³Should Gay Marriage Be Legal?´). Currently, hundreds of companies are noticing the financial gains that gay marriage can bring, yet the federal government still does not. An article from the Bloomberg Businessweek states: ³More than half of Fortune 500 companies, in every industry and every region, provide health insurance and other benefits to same-sex partners of their employees. They know that this is good business²so why doesn¶t the federal government?´ (Solmonese). Statistics from New York City have shown that if the U.S. was to legalize same-sex marriage in all the states, then it could potentially bring roughly $140 million to the city¶s economy and about $180 million to the state¶s economy in just three years. (³Should Gay Marriage Be Legal?´). This is New York alone, imagine how much revenue the whole country could make if this proposal was put in forth. It is clearly shown that gay marriage can create many positive aspects for the government, so why not take the chance and see if it will work? Another important issue relating with same-sex marriage is that if the whole country legalized gay marriage, then the rate of adoption will increase. Currently, there are over 500,000 children in foster care, and about 145,000 of those children are available for adoption (³Foster Care Adoption Facts´). Every child needs a place called home and by giving the right for gay couples to adopt children, the number of children in foster cares will decrease significantly. Statistics have shown that ³children of lesbian mothers were rated higher than children of
Avanesova 4 heterosexual parents in social and academic competence and had fewer social problems´ (³Should Gay Marriage Be Legal?´). If this is the case, then why not allow more same-sex couples to marry so it can benefit the future of these thousands of children. Even though the law in North Carolina states that any person over the age of 18 may adopt a child, often at times one might not adopt a child on their own because taking care of another human being is hard work. It is mostly common that adoptions occur between a married couple (³North Carolina Adoption Laws´).
Avanesova 5 Works Cited ³Foster Care Adoption Facts.´ Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. Oct 2009. Web. 30 Mar 2011. ³North Carolina Adoption Laws.´ FindLaw. 2011. Web. 3 Apr 2011. ³Should Gay Marriage Be Legal?´ ProCon.org. 28 Mar 2011. Web. 30 Mar 2011. Solmonese, Joe. ³Gay Marriage Makes Financial Sense.´ Bloomberg Businessweek. Web. 3 Apr 2011.