Same Sex Marriage Research Paper

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The Righteousness of Equality
In the United States, there is social unrest regarding the government's decision to prohibit the legalization of same sex marriage. Our modern day society suggest that people should have the ability to express themselves however they deem fit. Yet for gay and lesbian people, the right of same sex marriage is prohibited but should be legalized to grant them the freedom of the many expressive rights that all humans possess. If the legalization of marriage is extended to gay couples, gays would have rights to legally care for loved ones in addition to assist the economy recover and thrive. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights” (United Nations Human Rights Division). However, gays are omitted from the equality that the declaration promises. In an effort to change the nation's view on homosexuality and gay couples, the American government should legalize same-sex marriage for moral, legal, and financial rights. The freedom to express love is an unalienable right that all humans possess. However, the right for gay couples to express their love with one another in marriage is clouded by government censorship. In the ideal world of heterosexual relationships, marriage is the legal bonding of love between a man and a women. Likewise, according to Merriam Webster’s online dictionary definition of marriage, the term is defined as “The state of being united to a person of the opposite sex as husband or wife in a consensual and contractual relationship recognized by law”("Marriage"). In conceptual theory, the status of the of the definition is invalid as many new laws and acts were created to suppress the discrimination of same sex marriage. Different viewpoints of gay marriage is categorized into civil unions, domestic partnerships, and same-sex marriage. In theory, the laws set forth into providing a non discriminatory environment should suppress the actions taken against homosexuals. However, the acts and laws limit the freedoms of gay couples. Civil unions were created in order to extend rights to same-sex couples but still withheld the rights of marriage to the couples. Instead, civil unions grant benefits and responsibilities to couples as the states would grant opposite sex couples the same rights and responsibilities that all couples would benefit from. Although the unions offer some benefits to satisfy the rights of marriage to same sex couples, the laws of the states still prevent same sex couples from being able to express the ultimate feeling of love and marriage. Gay lovers are often denied the right to visit loved ones in the event of illness or of good health. As civil unions offer and grant benefits towards the satisfaction of same-sex marriages, the right to marry is still excluded and even prohibited in some states in America. In the event of an emergency, lovers are denied visitation rights in hospitals because they are not legally considered family. Instead of family, domestic partnerships are also excluded in the case of visitation rights. A domestic partnership is similar to being technically married but the law not only includes people of homosexuality, it also extends the rights and benefits to unmarried gay couples. In the state of California, in order to qualify to be recognized as being in a domestic partnership a couple would have to file a Confidential Declaration of Domestic Partnership. Even as the terms under those conditions exist, the California Domestic Partners Registry states that “A domestic partnership is established when persons meeting the criteria specified by California Family Code section 297 file either a Declaration of Domestic Partnership (Form NP/SF DP-1) or a Confidential Declaration of Domestic Partnership (Form NP/SF DP-1A) with the California Secretary of State” ("Domestic Partners Registry"). As a precaution to the safety and privacy of the many gay couples in the...
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