Love Is Blind Essay

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Growing up, it’s not uncommon for an individual to picture their “big day.” Imagine yourself walking down the flower-paved aisle, friends and family’s happy and expectant smiles igniting the church walls. Maybe they gasp as they see you, your groom patiently awaiting you at the other end of a once in a lifetime walk. But what if that isn’t the case? What if the person at the other end is someone of the same-sex? Has your opinion changed, your vision of a picturesque moment been suddenly distorted? Instead of bouquets and smiles, picture being forced into course cases and endless files. It’s likely that your prediction didn’t include having to face the refusal of pastors to sanctify your ...view middle of the document...

The limitations don’t stop there either. Source 3 also states that same-sex couples were denied rights to the following aspects as well: child custody, family medical leave, healthcare coverage, social-security benefits, healthcare inheritance, and taxes. The denial of their right to marriage and other legal benefits may seem like a minor deal to some, but as presented in The Human Rights Campaign Foundation, same-sex couples denied these marriage benefits can also face additional debts ranging from $41,196 to $467,562 over the course of their life (source 1). Yet somehow this inequality is seen as okay, because it is their fault that they dare go against the ideologies preached since the dawn of man. Right?
Wrong. In fact, gay marriage should be protected by the Constitution's claims to liberty and equality. America has begun to take minor steps toward the right direction to honor these promises. In the year of 2012, President Obama began to advocate for gay rights, firmly stating his support for same-sex marriage (source 2). By having someone of such high ranking and in such a powerful position stand for such a controversial issue, many Americans began to develop a stronger sense of acceptance, but not necessarily approval. For example, laws under state attempted to provide more legal and marital benefits, but are continually overridden by federal law. The establishment of DOMA, The Defense of Marriage Act, is a federal law that allows states to refuse to recognize same-sex marriages granted under the laws of other states (source 3). What this means is that if a same-sex couple in unified in one state where it has been made legal, their marital license may be considered invalid in another state that does not provide these same laws. Much like the drinking age and driving age can vary around the world, marital allowance varies from state to state in the U.S. Since DOMA only recognizes domestic unions between a man and women, people who have moved toward acceptance within particular states are at a standstill with progress. As a country, we need to recognize the importance in honoring our constitution and allowing for the further progression, not regression, of equality for all.
One of the biggest obstacles preventing same-sex couples from being granted the same marital rights is the threats it poses against powerful traditions elicited by devout religious beliefs. According to the Bible, marriage is ordained by God to be between a man and a woman (Genesis 2:21-24; Matthew 19:4-6). Frankly, the idea that a...

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