Gay Rights: Homosexuals Deserve the same Rights as Heterosexuals

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Homosexual people do not want to have special privileges. They just want to have the same rights as heterosexuals, nothing more, and nothing less. Homosexuals are a growing minority with nearly a million gays and lesbians identifying themselves as members of same-sex couples in the 2000 census. But the total gay population is much larger, since the census didn’t provide an opportunity for single homosexuals to identify their sexual orientation, and didn’t count gay couples who live apart (Mason 1). There are no legitimate reasons why homosexuals should not have the same rights as heterosexuals. Our country disgraces itself when it “[…] accepts homosexuality as a sufficient cause for deprivation of normal civil rights […]” (Nava, Dawidoff …show more content…
Homosexual couples will love each other whether they are married or not, so stopping them from being able to marry will not make them disappear. If anything, homosexuals will be more outspoken because they want to feel like they belong in the United States. Many argue that marriage is a religious ceremony, but that is only true if a person wishes to make it religious.

According to the constitution, marriage does not have to be between a male and a female.

The essence of the constitution’s statements on marriage is that “[…] intimate association of consenting adults who want to share their lives and commitment with each other and that same-sex couples have just as much intimacy and need for marital privacy as heterosexual couples; and any laws allowing heterosexual, but not same-sex, couples to marry infringes upon and discriminate against their fundamental right” (Stoddard 34).

More recently, a 1967 the Supreme Court announced, “marriage is one of the most basic civil rights of man…essential to the pursuit of happiness” (Stoddard 52). Men and women alike all want to reach happiness, and our country may be keeping homosexuals to reach this state of mind because some people do not deem it necessary for same-sex couples to marry. Letting homosexuals marry will not hinder our society in any way, European countries that have legalized same-sex marriages have not seen any changes in

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