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In a country known for the freedoms it offers, one group is still discriminated against by our people and our government. The issue regarding the legalization of same-sex marriages is now a major political issue. Some see homosexuality as being sinful and disgusting; while others consider it as just another way of living. When it comes down to it, our society is making it illegal for people that live their lives in an alternative way from what is considered the social norm. “Because gays can't marry, it's very difficult for partners to help each other in difficult situations like medical crises” (http://atheism.about.com/od/gaymarriage/p/ProGayMarriage.htm). Why should some receive more benefits and acceptance because of their sexuality, while others are viewed as a lesser person? It is unjust for our government to decide that a person may not marry because of their sexual preferences. Marriage in the United States has changed drastically since the 1800’s. It wasn't until 1890 that polygamous marriages became illegal, but many still exist today. In the 19th century, African Americans were not free to marry at all, but after the civil war, they were able to marry, but only to the same race. Until 1967, inter-racial marriages were considered a criminal act. These three changes in our society were painful experiences for many at the time. “Homosexuality is an accepted lifestyle nowadays with most evidence strongly supporting biological causation” (http://www.balancedpolitics.org/same_sex_marriages.htm). Many believe that the institution of marriage and the family as forming the basic foundation of society. Any attempt to change the structure of marriage or the eligibility of people to marry can destabilize our country. But if these marriage acts which were once so defended have been changed with no repercussions, why would same-sex marriage legalization be any different? The time for another great change in the American...
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