Why Same Sex Couples Should Be Allowed to Legally Marry Essay

1952 Words Mar 28th, 2007 8 Pages
Why Same Sex Couples Should be Allowed to Legally Marry

All men were created equal. It is for this reason that gays have the same rights when it comes to housing, jobs, protection under the law, and so on, despite their difference in sexual preference. Well then, if gays have the same rights as heterosexual men and women, why can they not be legally married in the U.S? That is the question that half our country should be asking themselves, since 50% of U.S citizens oppose gay marriage. However, extraordinarily, 75% of the people in the U.S are all for gay rights (Bidstrup). But, when it comes to marriage, for one reason or another, the line is drawn. Gay relationships are the same as straight relationships in all aspects except
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When the Danish voted on the law to allow for gay marriage, 72% of the clergy voted against passing it. Once it was passed regardless, the same clergy willingly admitted that gay marriage has been beneficial to society and agree on its existence. A survey in 1995 found that 89% of the clergy changed their opinion on the law (Bidstrup). They reported that suicide rates decreased, as did the transmission of sexually transmitted diseases. Though many churches fear that gay marriage will lead to the end of Western Civilization, such an irrational conclusion must be rejected by society as a whole. Denmark was made a better nation with the addition of gay marriage, and prohibition should be ended in the U.S. From a legal standpoint, there are many who oppose gay marriage on the basis that sodomy has been prohibited in the U.S for years. However, these laws only existed as a direct result of the conservative republican politicians who have been unable to shed their homophobic tendencies. Over time, sodomy laws have very rarely been enforced. This has been due to the sheer stupidity of such laws. The only actual purposes of these laws were to exist as discriminatory tools to be utilized by a homophobic society, unwilling to waver in its ways. In the recent U.S Supreme Court vs. Texas decision, the final sodomy laws were dismantled (Bidstrup). Regardless, after years of senseless justification, society still continues to deem gay marriage

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