Assignment 4 – Editorial
A long-time issue has been whether or not people of the same gender should be allowed to get married to each other. We've all heard the sayings from either side - “love knows no gender,” and “love is love,” and the countering arguments “marriage is one man and one woman,” and “it's Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve.” Even if you aren't gay, maybe you know someone who is! Such as your friend, family member, or neighbor. To date, sixteen states have passed laws that allow same-sex marriage in their states. Ten years ago, only Massachusetts had laws similar to these. Some states have completely banned same-sex marriage, while others allow civil unions or similar partnerships.
Some people who are against same-sex marriage believe that allowing gay people to get married will lead to other things, such as people wishing to get married to animals and even inanimate objects such as cars and trees. If you've ever been in love with someone, you know it's one of the most powerful feelings you can experience. While the United States was formed on Christian principles, I believe we have moved and evolved past that point, and it's time that all people have full rights.
Marriage harms no one. In all aspects, the whole concept of it is to bring two people together for the rest of their lives. This rule doesn't change automatically when dealing with two people of the same sex. The only harm that seems to be done is to the people getting married themselves – and all that hate is from the people that live in this world alongside them. There are so many hate crimes related to someone being gay/bi/transexual every year, it's not tolerable. A popular hate crime was the brutal murder of Matthew Shepard. He was taken to a remote location where he would then be tortured and tied to a fence, left to die. All of this because he was gay. The right to marry is the least concernable thing with any LGBT member, but it's...
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