English 10 H P.3
14 October 2014
Marriage is the product of intimacy, love, and happiness. It is a part of the American dream to fall in love and start a family. Some couples do not get to live this dream. Same-sex marriage is still banned from a handful of states and has become an amplifying debate throughout the country. Denying same-sex couples the right to marry is a modern injustice because it is unconstitutional and it is unethical to deprive them of certain marriage benefits. To deprive a law-abiding citizen the right to marry due to their sexuality is unconstitutional. The issue of same-sex marriage shows similarities from the ban of interracial marriage. In 1958, a black woman and a white man were married in Washington D.C. then returned home to Virginia, where interracial marriage was illegal. They were arrested and sentenced to a year in jail. The judge however “agreed to suspend the sentence if the Lovings would leave Virginia and not return for 25 years” (oyez.org). It is now seen as wrong and immoral to deny marriage to a couple simply because they are of a different race. Discrimination and segregation against certain nationalities seems like a thing of the past. It is a concept students learn in history books yet America is too blind to see that we are repeating history. The courts ruled bans on interracial marriage unconstitutional because it denied their natural rights. Same-sex couples deserve to have natural rights like every other citizen in America. Amendment XIV, Section 1 of the U.S. constitution claims, “No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States… nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws "(U.S. constitution). Laws against gay marriage directly go against the constitution by depriving them from their rights. Marriage is a right that all American citizens are entitled...
Cited: “LOVING v. VIRGINIA.” The Oyez Project at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law. n.d. Web. 13 October 2014. Path: http://www.oyez.org.
US Const. amend. XIV, sec. 1, Print.
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