Gay Marriage: Should It Be Legalized?

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Many people often question gay couples, but almost never question heterosexual couples because it is what may people are used to seeing, but what they do not realize is that gay couples have the same responsibilities as a heterosexual couple. Many gay couples already consider themselves married, no matter what the law states. Everyone should have the right to marry the person they love and be represented as a family, regardless of the gender of the two people getting married. Marriage should be based on love and not gender. The gay marriage movement is still being met by strong resistance and most likely always will. Also, the government has no clear reason to exclude gay couples from benefits of marriage. Many older gay people are role models for younger gays trying to understand themselves. Gay marriage should be legalized throughout the nation.

Many gay couples have been with each other for so long that they already consider themselves married. “1 in 5 of the nation’s 646,000 same sex couples considers themselves married” (Morello). Another reason may gay couples think of themselves as married is because they have lived together and acted as a heterosexual couple would. Around sixty-three per-cent of gay couples live in the same home as their partner (Herbert). Many couples have been finally admitting their relationship to the public because they have been together so long. Since the 2000 census, the number of same sex couples increased by eighty per-cent (Morrello). Out of the sixty four million couples in the country, one per-cent is made up of same-sex couples (Morrello). If gay couples already consider themselves married, they should be allowed to get married.

Everyone should have the ability to get married. Gay couples share the same reasons for wanting to get married as any heterosexual couples (Wolfson). If heterosexual couples can get married, gay couples should receive the same right. Everyone should have the right to marry the person they love...
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