Same-Sex Marriage Essay

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For over four hundred years, African Americans have faced discrimination in the United States, and it took them more than ten years to find some sort of equality. Women have also faced discrimination for hundreds of years and it took them over fifty years to earn minimal rights. While the issue of homosexuality is relatively new to our country, the fight for rights started almost immediately, and people today are still struggling to earn civil liberties, like same-sex marriage. If some change isn’t made now, their struggle for rights could last even longer than other minorities have endured. Since there is no national ruling made to abolish same-sex marriage, each state sets its own laws regarding gay marriage. Currently in the US, five…show more content…
For one person to have further rights and opportunities than another, based solely on who they are married to, is unconstitutional and immoral. Legal rights that gay couples are being denied, since they cannot be formally married, include joint parenting and adoption, joint insurance policies and leases, the ability to be stated as next-of-kin, divorce protections, employment benefits, and policies involving inheritances, among many others (Robinson). So now, not only are laws prohibiting same-sex marriage denying a gay couple from officially expressing their love, they are also making it harder to adopt a child or to receive medical benefits. US Senator Chris Dodd feels that marriage should be about rights and responsibilities, and mostly love, and believes for these reasons, every American should have an equal opportunity to marry (Dodd). Our country stands as a nation that protects minorities and offers equal benefits, but something as simple as a piece of paper that declares a marriage between a couple is not being allowed to gay couples, one of our nation’s highly significant and quickly growing minorities. Gay individuals have earned individual rights, like the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy that allows them to serve with an undisclosed sexuality in the military. And in 2003, a Supreme Court ruling in Lawrence v. Texas established a right to privacy for homosexuals (Freedman). Not only are same-sex marriage laws preventing certain

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