Equal Marriage Rights

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Leah Lancaster

English III

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1A

Persuasive Essay

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Right?

Wrong. Because not everyone can pursue what makes them happy. How can we call ourselves a free and fair nation when some of the people in our country don’t have the same rights as others?

This kind of discrimination was displayed from 1876-1965 when black people couldn’t marry white people. Now it has a new target. Homosexuals. In 41 states gay men and women are restricted to marry someone of the same gender. We as a nation preach about discrimination was terrible and it will never happen again, and it is even illegal for employers to discriminate when hiring employees, but it is still very much alive in the US today. And until changes are made our country will never truly be free.

So why is gay marriage illegal? Because its a sin? Okay but the first amendment of the Constitution says "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof ...." So if church and state are suppose to be separate then isn’t this a violation of our constitution?

The Bible may say that being gay is a sin but so is lying, stealing, and killing but people who do that can still get married. My favorite verse in the Bible is John 4:8. It says “He who does not know love does not know God because God is love.” So if you are spreading ideas of hate and homophobia, then are you just as unholy as the gay people you preach about?

We need to love everyone, treat everyone the same and as my mom says “live and let live.” Including gay people.These laws in 41 states need to be abolished so we can truly be the fair and free country we claim to be.
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