Instructor: Paul Croon
This is Love
Those who condemn gay marriage, yet are silent or indifferent to the breakdown of marriage and divorce, are, in my view, missing the real issue. – Malcolm Turnbull, Federal Member for Wentworth
Ellen DeGeneres is one of the most famous examples regarding same sex marriage. DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi has had a relationship in 2004. CBS news article, published on February 11, 2009, stated Degeneres decision to marry de Rossie was after the overturn of the California proposition 8 in May 2008, DeGeneres announced on a May 2008 show that she and de Rossi were engaged. Maura Dolan, LA Times reporter published on May 17, 2008 “Gay marriage ban overturned” about California Supreme Court “4-3 ruling declared that the state Constitution protects a fundamental “right to marry” that extends equally to same-sex couples.” (Dolan 2008). Throughout June, there were dozens of ceremonies going on and marriage licenses given to same sex couple. Returning to DeGeneres’ story, she and de Rossi got married in August 16, 2008. In November 4, 2008, California Proposition 8 constitution banned same sex marriage. DeGeneres and de Rossi were able to keep their marriage license because their wedding happened before the election. However, the Supreme Court ruled Prop. 8 ban was unconstitutional. On February 28th 2013, DeGeneres wrote a brief letter to the Supreme Court unofficially on her blog, Ellentv, writing about her marriage with Portia, “Portia and I have been married for 4 years and they have been the happiest of my life. And in those 4 years, I don’t think we hurt anyone else’s marriage. I asked all of my neighbors and they say they’re fine.” (2013). DeGeneres may be a celebrity, but she is just like everyone else. She is gay. She chose to be open about her love with Portia and she truly supports gay marriage. I support same sex marriage as well. Equality
In America, every couple should be able to marry legally. That includes same sex couples. Gay marriage is a civil right. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights Article 2: Everyone is entitled to all the right and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any limitation of sovereignty. This means gay couples can also obtain the same rights that heterosexual married couple in order to have equal benefits. Also, UDHR article 16 states “men and women of full age, without any limitation due to race, nationality or religion, have the right to marry and to found a family. They are entitled to equal rights as to marriage, during marriage and at its dissolution.” UN never states about gay marriage. They prohibit any discrimination based on gender or sexual orientation.
As of now, same-sex relationships are denied any access to civil rights. Amnesty International of USA believes these rights include housing and social security, hospital visitation, employment-based benefits for partners and children, and inheritance from a deceased partner. As the fight for equality is still going on at the Supreme Court, most can hope gay marriage can happen as a nation.
People have the choice to marry whoever they want. Why is this hard to understand? Love is a private matter and it should not affect others how love is expressed. Same sex couples want to no longer have the title of domestic partner, but be recognized as married couple. Furthermore, a couple should have the right to marry under a church institution. No church should ever turn away a wedding ceremony because they have gay couples attending their...
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