African Americans went through more than 100 years of mistreatment and prejudice before receiving their rights. Women had to fight for over seventy years to get the same rights as men. How long does the gay community have to wait for equality? Human rights are for humans, so acceptance is the key and discrimination is proving to be a huge lock. America is supposed to be the land of the free, yet we continue to bring the hammer down on people who are different. Your human rights should not be taken away because of skin color, gender, or how you identify yourself and who you choose to love. Marriage is a human right, not a heterosexual privilege.
For some same-sex couples, they were able to travel and get married in the states that do allow it. However, the problem is that the states that do not allow same-sex marriage will not always recognize the marriage or give proper marital benefits to the couples. Same-sex couples that marry should be given the same advantages and rights that heterosexual married couples receive. One big problem that faces the same-sex couples who cannot marry is that some benefits are only available to married couples, such as hospital visitations during illnesses, the ability to receive family health coverage, inheritance rights and protection if the relationship ends.
The American Psychological Association (APA) has researched and found that lesbian, gay, and bisexual individuals have higher rates of depression as well as higher rates for drug or alcohol abuse and anxiety problems (Vedantam). In today’s world, being gay causes you to be ridiculed, bullied, told you are damned, and sometimes makes you the victim of terrible hate crimes such as beatings, having your property destroyed or vandalized, and unfortunately murder. Many people actually think that being gay can be fixed with therapy, medication or counseling, but in reality, this type of therapy usually makes the individual more likely to have suicidal thoughts and other problems. Being told that you aren’t good enough because of something you cannot control is inhumane.
Rulings from older court cases are often used in present cases to provide support. A fact that most people either forget or do not know is that gay marriage is indeed protected by the Constitution's commitments to liberty and equality. In the Cleveland Board of Education v. LaFleur case of 1974, the Supreme Court ruled that the "freedom of personal choice in matters of marriage and family life is one of the liberties protected by the Due Process Clause.” Court cases have supported the civil right of marriage in the past and they will continue to do so. On April 4, 2010, Judge Vaughn Walker wrote that Proposition 8 in California that banned gay marriage was in fact unconstitutional based on Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses (Walker).
Same-sex marriage is a civil right. A Supreme Court case, Loving v. Virginia, in 1967 confirmed that marriage is "one of the basic civil rights of man," and...