Legalizing Gay Marriage (resubmission)
Imagine you’ve met the love of your life, but he’s slowly dying from a terminal illness. He doesn’t have medical insurance and can’t afford the operation that will help him recover. If he dies, all his belongings would go to his brother and sister. You can’t even visit him in the hospital because you aren’t married. But the thing is, you can’t get married because both of you are of the same sex, and the state you live in does not allow same-sex marriage. This is one of the many hardships that same-sex couples face every single day. This is why I believe that same-sex marriage should be legalized in all 50 United States.
The first reason same-sex marriage should be allowed is because if same-sex couples aren’t allowed to get married, it would go against the 14th amendment. “Freedom of personal choice in matters of marriage and family life is one of the liberties protected by the due process clause.” Banning gay marriage also goes against the equal protection clause, which says that “states must apply the law equally and cannot discriminate against people or groups of people arbitrarily” (Americapedia. Par 1). Proposition 8 in California, which was passed in 2008, stated that "only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California."(Proposition. Par 1). But Judge Vaughn Walker wrote that Prop 8 was “unconstitutional under both the due process and equal protection clauses”(Freedom. Par 3).
Secondly, If same-sex couples are allowed to get married, they will receive the basic rights of all married couples. They will get to visit each other if one of them has an illness. They would get tax and inheritance rights. They would get access to family health coverage. And lastly, they would get protection if the ever broke up (Perrin. Pg 4). These are all things every married couple gets. Why should it be any different for same-sex couples?
Third, gay marriages can actually benefit the state and...
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“Freedom to Marry.” 10 Reasons Why Same-sex Couples Should Have the Freedom to Marry. N.p., n.d. Web. 06 May 2013
Americapedia. “Bill of Rights Institute Fourteenth Amendment Equal Protection 1868 Bill of Rights Institute Comments.” N.p., n.d. Web. 06 May 2013.
Proposition 8 Arguments - Voter Information Guide 2008." Proposition 8 Arguments - Voter Information Guide 2008.” N.p., n.d. Web. 8 June 2013.
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