Homosexual marriage should be legal because marriage is a symbol of love and passion for one another, the homosexual family life is just as good as heterosexual family life, and prohibiting gay marriage is unconstitutional discrimination. Homosexuality occurs in over four hundred and fifty species, but homophobia (irrational fear or dislike against homosexuality) only occurs in one. (Gay Marriage Research Paper) We live in the “land of the free,” but we still have laws that ban marriage of homosexual couples. They need rights to get marries without outing labels on it like “civil union,” or “gay marriage.” (Gay Pursuasive Essay) Over thirty-eight percent of the United States population has the freedom to marry, or honors out of state marriages of homosexual couples, also over forty-three percent of the United States population lives in a state that provides some form of protection for homosexual couples. There are seventeen states (not including Washington D.C.) in the Unites States that have the freedom to marry the same sex. Those states are; California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, and Washington D.C.. (Freedom To Marry)
Marriage should not be a union between a man and a woman, but it should be a union between two people who truly love and care for each other; and plan to spend the rest of their lives together. (Gay Marriage Research Paper) For example, how would heterosexual couples feel if homosexual couples didn’t want them to get married? In her book, Same Sex Marriage; Moral Wrong or Civil Right, Tricia Andryszewski asked David Brooks; a conservative New York Times columnist his opinion on homosexual marriage:
The conservative course is not to banish people from making such commitments. It’s to expect them to make such commitments. We shouldn’t just allow gay marriage. We should insist on gay marriage. (Andryszewski, 2008)
In addition, the Supreme Court ruled in nineteen seventy-eight that marriage is:
Of fundamental importance to all individuals, and the most important relation in life.
Therefore, marriage is considered an important aspect of culture and community, and such a right is not granted without serious consideration. Homosexual couples experience discrimination on not only the personal level but the legal level as well. (Rich & Wagner) The human rights campaign foundation states that many same sex couples want the right to marry, and the rights to have others honor their relationship in the greatest way our society has to offer. (ProCon.org)
With this still in mind, I bring a point that is most often overlooked; children living with homosexual families. According to the two thousand United States census, about twenty-eight percent of homosexual homes have children living with them. In the book Gay Marriage, Moral Wrong or Civil Right, social scientists Peter Swisher, and...