We Must Legalize Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, And Transsexual Marriage

1611 words - 6 pages

In the state of Oklahoma, there are political, social, and legal barriers that restrict gay marriage within the state boundaries. In pursuing the “American Dream”, gay marriage is a natural right given to every human living his or her life in this country. Natural, inalienable, rights provide a way of life in which eternal love is an example of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. I believe that Gays, Lesbians, Bisexuals, and Transsexuals should be granted the right to marry.
As passive as the James Madison: Checks and Balances system has become, the federalist relationship became significantly close between national and state governments on the subject of gay marriage. The anti-gay activists of Oklahoma took several legislative measures to restrict same sex unions. These activities take three basic forms: State constitutional amendments, marriage statutes, and non-binding resolutions (Peterson 2-3). Oklahoma’s most potent way of restricting these unions was to adopt a non-binding resolution that is named DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act). DOMA is a resolution that “bars federal recognition of same-sex marriages and allows states to ignore gay marriages performed elsewhere”(Peterson 3).
In November 2004, Oklahoma legislators held an election that would decide their concrete position on whether gay marriage is constitutional or not. 58% of the legislators voted to amend the constitution so that it is implied that a civil union (marriage) consists of members of the opposite sex. Most of the Republican legislators kept with the expected conservative view, but surprisingly, more Democratic legislators voted on the conservative end than was expected. As it stands, the majority has deduced that when the constitution was written, it was clear that the institution of marriage includes one man and one woman.
Our legislators are considered to represent how “we the people” think and feel about particular issues. In the case of same-sex marriage, these legislators seem to have missed the mark on what American people consider the institution of marriage. Constitutional interpretation has been limiting to many serious subject matters; in this case the subject of marriage. Although written in a very conservative time by very conservative men, most read and interpret the constitution with a more forward or progressive approach. Gone are the days that the term relationship brings to mind a man and a woman. In the same sense, in the not-so-distant past, marriage now raises the question man and woman, two men, or two women? When this new age of thinkers considers the guidelines of the Constitution, the thought is that when it was written, it was written considering all people in all situations, not just what represents the norm. The Civil Rights Movement is now being used as a basis to advocate for gay marriage. Civil rights is not to only be utilized to advance African-Americans to equality, but also for any American that feels that they are being...

Find Another Essay On We Must Legalize Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transsexual Marriage

Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Issues - Response to the Far Right Concerning Same-Sex Marriage

1240 words - 5 pages A Response to the Far Right Concerning Gay Marriage   Mr. Far Right has claimed that neither the Constitution nor the Bill of Rights mentions the right of homosexual couples to marry. I think that it would be safe to say that a homosexual couple who wishes to marry is seeking their own definition of happiness. Did Mr. Far Right conveniently skip over the part about "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" that is the very spirit

Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Issues - Gay Teenagers and the Internet

1229 words - 5 pages people. We Are Family is a great Web site with a variety of helpful links and articles regarding gay teens.   The Youth Assistance Organization (YAO) also has a great Web site that caters to gay teens. YAO is run by volunteers and was created to help gay, lesbian, bisexual and questioning youth identify themselves. The intro duction to the YAO Web reads, "YAO exists to provide young people with a safe space online to be themselves." This

Oppression and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Persons

1280 words - 5 pages political protests helped to resolve some unjust attitudes, as the March on Washington in October 2009, reached tens of thousands of demonstrators, who were pro gay rights. In recent years a majority of U.S. states have passed laws or constitutional amendments against gay marriage, often using openly religious justification and funding of religious organizations. The Lesbian and gay and bisexual men in pursuit of equal rights have come to

Domestic Violence and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Relationships

1596 words - 6 pages Homophobia has marginalized a significant portion of the population. Although strides towards equality for homosexuals have gained momentum, progress needs to continue. Members of our society are being oppressed by the ignorant simply because of their sexual orientation. When analyzing how to address the discrimination of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community, it was apparent equal rights was a complex issue requiring a

Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Issues - Homosexuality is Abnormal and Immoral

1554 words - 6 pages propagation of the human race. This end can never be fulfilled by sex between males (in the case of gays) or between females (in the case of lesbians). Therefore, the general conclusion is that homosexuality is irrational and illogical.   If we consider the construction of the bodies of the male and female, what is noticed at once is that the construction of a body of a male (the penis and the anus- i.e no vagina) does not accommodate

Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Issues - The Struggle of Sexual Minorities

721 words - 3 pages by sexual minorities is almost universally undertaken in the face of strong and often even violent prejudice and misunderstanding. This year, from March 8--11, SGI-USA held its first Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered and Supporters Conference. Participants gathered from across the United States and some from as far as Europe. They were of every hue of the human rainbow, ranging in age from 19--65. Greg Martin, an SGI-USA vice general

Catholic Doctrine towards Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered Communities – Nothing has really changed

1457 words - 6 pages Catholic Doctrine towards Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered Communities - Nothing has really changedCatholic Doctrine towards Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered Communities - Nothing has really changedIt is only in the last century that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people have emerged as culturally distinctive groups seeking equality in the political and religious framework of society. The political issues are more

Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Issues - Pastoral Guidelines For Ministry to Homosexuals

1420 words - 6 pages be informed and enlisted to uphold basic human and civil rights against social or legal discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or violence.   The guidelines do not resolve the dilemma surrounding terminology. "Homosexual" seems clear and objective but has come to be regarded by some as too clinical and impersonal, with unwarranted implications of pathology, inferiority, or alienation. "Gay" and "lesbian" are terms perceived by others

To Legalize, or Not to Legalize Gay Marriage

1947 words - 8 pages legalize gay marriage, society must take baby steps. First Americans must learn how to accept others and not discriminate. Nine out of ten LGBT teens (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual) have been, and are being, harassed in school. The same kids are two to three times more likely to be bullied than heterosexual youth. Above all LGBT youth are up to four times more likely to commit suicide than heterosexual youth (Warning Signs & Facts about

Gay and Lesbian Liberation

1934 words - 8 pages years a majority of U.S. states have passed laws or constitutional amendments against gay marriage, often using openly religious justification and funding of religious organizations. The Lesbian and gay and bisexual men in pursuit of equal rights have come to occupy center stage. Lesbians and gay men struggle in Congress over human rights, as in the courts and in the streets. Recognized figures reveal their sexual orientation in public and in

Gay and Lesbian Youth.

2622 words - 10 pages , as cited in Hershberger, & Pilkington, 1997). In addition to factors common to all youth contemplating suicide, gay and lesbian youth must deal with the unique stressors that put that increase their suicide risk (Bagley, & D'Augelli, 2000).Hershberger et al., (1997), conducted a study on the predictors of gay and lesbian adolescent suicide. It was found that 40% of the sample (sample size of 194) reported at least one suicide attempt

Similar Essays

We Must Legalize Gay Marriage And Same Sex Parenting

2225 words - 9 pages : For Better or for      Worse?: What We've Learned from the Evidence. New York: Oxford UP, 2006.      Google Books. Web. 19 Nov. 2013. Gates, Gary, et al. "Adoption and Foster Care by Gay and Lesbian Parents in the      United States." Williams Institute. N.p., Mar. 2007. Web. 19 Nov. 2013. Meezan, William, and Jonathan Rauch. "Gay Marriage, Same-Sex Parenting, and      America's Children." Future of Children 15.2 (2005): 97-113

Gay, Lesbian And Bisexual Issues Same Sex Marriage Laws Violate Gay Rights

835 words - 3 pages United States Senate sanctioned discrimination against homosexual Americans.   The issue recently surfaced in Hawaii when the state denied marriage privileges to a lesbian couple. In May 1993, the State Supreme Court ruled in a 3-1 decision that the state's exclusion of same-sex marriage was sexual discrimination and thus unconstitutional unless there was "compelling evidence" for it. In 1995, a governor's commission recommended the

Gay And Lesbian Marriage Essay

554 words - 2 pages own mistakes and to do what they want. It is their life to live, their choice to make why should we judge it.A famous quote that comes to mind is "whoever hath no sins throw the first stone." Gay and lesbian marriage is vastly misunderstood. It seems that when people do not understand something or do not wish to understand it they lash out or ridicule the unknown. However, to ridicule the love these couples may feel for one another is just going

Gay And Lesbian Marriage Essay

569 words - 2 pages Gay and Lesbian Marriage Andrew Sullivan and William Bennett argue profusely on the subject that is in almost every American’s mind, whether or not to civically let gays marry. Between Sullivan’s article “Let Gays Marry” and Bennett’s article, “Leave marriage alone, they pretty much sum up both sides of the argument. Andrew Sullivan, the editor of The New Republic and author of Virtually Normal: An argument about