Gay Civil Rights
There are controversies in our world today that are being solved daily, but on appears to be
unsolvable . Same-sex marriage is constantly talked about and protested, in both congress and
simple conversation. Although the Declaration of Independence states “all men are created equally”
our society begs to differ. This simply proves the United States is not able to live up the
constitution. These same-sex couples are legally not permitted to get married. State by state laws
are slowly getting passed to legalize this type of marriage with the exception of the few who refuse.
So far there are fifteen legal states. Although these states are either legal or on the way, it does not
mean the people in the states completely agree.
Being against same-sex marriage is equivalent to not believing in our natural rights in the
constitution. Our government has the power of marriage, even if the marriage takes place
somewhere other than the white house, it is only official with a marriage license issued by the state
Any restrictions on gay marriage is discrimination exactly like the discrimination against colored
people. Although America believes majority rules, the minority should also be protected.
The “Defense of Marriage Act” of 1996 which denies federal same-sex marriage has been
ruled unconstitutional. The act not only violated the 14th amendment but also couples marriage
benefits including hospital visitation during an illness, taxation and inheritance rights, access to
family health coverage, and protection in the event of divorce. These couples will receive the same
eleven thousand federal rights that straight married couples have. Supreme court decided that same-
sex couples deserve equal rights that go to every other married couple. “By seeking to displace this
protection and treating those persons as living in marriages less respected than others, the federal
statue violates the constitution.”-Anthony Kennedy (savage). Many states attempt to put
themselves in the “states rights” position due the the constitutional right to make their own
decisions. These decisions could mean banning the legalization. These state supporters are also
supporters of the Defense Act of Marriage which they are not aware, goes against states rights. The
debate on gay marriage arose when three same-sex couples filed a lawsuit in Hawaii because they
were unable to be married in the U.S. The case came to the conclusion that banning the marriage is
There are many reasons as to why people are anti-gay marriage but the most common is
religion. Majority of religions are based off of the bible in which the world starts with Adam, a
man, and Eve, a woman, who have intentions to bear children.This is the only love they believe is
acceptable therefore they look at same-sex as unnatural and a sin. They also believe that sin is in
everyone, it is alright, and will be forgiven...