Same Sex Marriage Should Be Legal

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“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, US 1776). The recognition of same-sex marriage is an issue influenced by numerous factors, and debates continue to arise over whether people in same-sex relationships have the right to marriage. Marriage provides many benefits, legally, financially, and personally. Same-sex marriage can open up those in same-sex relationships to tax benefits and financial demands comparable to those afforded to and required of people in opposite-sex marriages. Same-sex marriage also gives them legal protections, such…show more content…
Studies have shown that just as children of heterosexuals are successful in the “real world,” so are children of homosexual couples (Jackson). Adults and children both need to be treated fairly. Children would receive, among others, legal benefits from same-sex marriage. This includes (but is not limited to) homosexual parents (and heterosexual parents) having to pay child support. If there is an absence of legal recognition to homosexual parents, this may cause the child to have economic, legal, and familial insecurities (“Protects Families”). With both homosexual and heterosexual couples, children need a role model to help them build a foundation and continue to build upon that foundation. President Obama stated “Of all rocks upon which we build our lives, we are reminded today that family is the most important. And we are called to recognize and honor how critical every father is to that foundation.” (Jackson) In the end, children are the future of today’s society and should have equal opportunities.
The rest of society is seriously affected by this topic just as much as children. The Supreme Court is working to prevent the rights of everyone in America from being sullied by discrimination (“Protects Families”). In fact, it is now prohibited to discriminate on basis of sexual orientation. Additionally, there are legal benefits of same-sex marriage that can come from this, such as providing societal status and emotional
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