Equality Not Discrimination

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Equality Not Discrimination
Nicole Mehaulic
April 17, 2013
Composition II 102-21325
Position Paper
Baker College of Jackson
Equality Not Discrimination
There are many people that thrive on traditional ways of life. Families that wake up on Christmas morning to open presents, brides that wear their mothers wedding gown to walk down the aisle, or a teenage girl celebrating her sweet sixteen birthday party with family and friends are just a few of the ways that traditions are appreciated. These customs do not remove the freedoms or equality of the general public, nor are they enforcing beliefs on society. On the contrary, the controversial debate of making same sex marriages legal does threaten to inhibit the freedoms and equality of a large segment of the population. Prejudice on the basis of race, religion, gender or place of origin is illegal; however, people suffer discrimination based on their sexual orientation every day with virtually no consequences. The United States Supreme Court should rule to legalize same sex marriages as well as grant homosexual married couples all of the rights that are offered to heterosexual married couples. The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) prohibits federal recognition and benefits of same sex couples in any of the states where such unions are legal. To date DOMA has been ruled as unconstitutional in four states by the state Supreme Court on the basis that the government could not justify discriminating against gay men and lesbians that are legally married. While this may sound like a victory, it only means that same sex couples who were married in states where it is legal can refer to themselves as married in every state, not merely where the marriage took place. The downside is that these same sex marriages are not entitled to any of the rights or benefits that heterosexual married couples receive. The Defense of Marriage Act discriminates against homosexual couples, preventing equal treatment and should be ruled as...
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