Gay Marriage

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Chanise Sessions
Writer’s Workshop
Persuasive Essay

Gay Marriage
According to the American Gay Rights Movement: A Timeline, gays have been fighting for rights since the 1920’s, and today those pleas for rights and equal opportunities still go unheard. I do not believe it is fair to discriminate against gays for being together. America is a free country and people should be able to be in a relationship with whomever they desire. Banning marriage amongst a certain group of people is unfair and it is discrimination. I believe that we should allow same-sex marriage because banning it is unfair, love is all that matters in marriage, and gay families have certain family values that some straight marriages lack.

America. The first thing that should come to your mind is a nation of peace and equality. But it’s not, is it? We live in a nation of racism, sexism, and homophobia. Banning an issue doesn't make it go away. The American Constitution states that everyone deserves the same, equal rights -- that includes gay people. According to an article published in Slate, a Daily Online Magazine, “the Supreme Court has decided marriage cases under both the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses of the 14th Amendment.  The Due Process Clause protects fundamental rights while the Equal Protection Clause prohibits discrimination. Seen as a denial of a fundamental right under the Due Process Clause, the case for marriage equality for same-sex couples should be obvious.” Therefore, banning same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. Making this issue illegal is also a form of discrimination. “Homophobes” ridicule and abuse gay citizens, and gay teenagers are scared to go to school because of the excessive bullying and teasing. And gays are just being themselves! We are all created equal, so why can't we all just try to get along? What's the main reason people get married? The answer is Love. Who’s to judge someone based on whom they love? No one has the right to do so....
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