01 June, 2009
Love Has No Gender
For many years gays and lesbians have been discriminated and judged based on the fact that they are attracted to people of their own sex. This hatred for gays and lesbians is still very much alive today, many are murdered both young and old, some are denied jobs because of their sexual preference, well all are denied the one thing that many people have already for written in their life goals. What life goal am I talking about, marriage. Yes there are a few states in the US that permit gay marriage, but why shouldn’t gays and lesbians be permitted to married wherever they choose. I myself am arguing for same-sex marriages to be legalized, my primarily reason for arguing for same-sex marriage is that love has no gender. If you observe closely in your history books you will notice that keeping gay marriage illegal also violates the Due Process Clause of the Fifth Amendment. According to the American Civil Liberties Union in 1996, “The law [against same-sex marriage] discriminates on the basis of sex because it makes one's ability to marry depend on one's gender.” The ACLU goes on to say, “Classifications which discriminate on the basis of gender must be substantially related to some important government purpose…tradition by itself is not an important government purpose. If it were, sex discrimination would be quite permissible; discrimination against Hill 2
women has a history in tradition at least as long and time honored as that of discrimination against same-sex couples in marriage.” In fact, nowhere in the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution is preservation of tradition cited as a power or intention of our government, which is all the more reason why our government should actively pursue legalizing same-sex marriage so that gay and lesbian couples are granted their equal rights as citizens and ensured their inalienable right to pursuit of happiness. Of...