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Unequal Rights in Marriage

Unequal Rights in Marriage
Mr. Thomas had the necessary documents proving his domestic partnership with Mr. Dawson but the hospital’s staff refused to advise Mr. Thomas of his partner’s health status. “We had all of the paperwork that any gay couple could have in the State of Ohio,” he said. “They said, ‘You’re not family’ ” (PARKER-POPE, 2010). The situation could have been avoided if the gay couple had equal rights in marriage. Gay couples that are in a loving committed relationship should not be denied equal rights in marriage but should be treated in the same way as heterosexual couples. I have been in a same-sex domestic partnership for thirteen years. My partner suffers from a heart condition that has sent her to the hospital many times. The hospital has denied me any information concerning her condition each time she was admitted. If my partner and I could be legally married the hospital would not be able to keep us apart or withhold vital information. There are many gay couples that face situations daily that could be prevented if they were legally married having rights that would protect them. Legalizing gay marriage is the best solution because marriage is recognized in all states and countries. It would be a good idea and cost tax payers less to pass the “Respect for Marriage Act” (Carey, 2011) then it would to spend millions of tax dollars by having congress to place a ban on gay marriage. By legalizing gay marriage gay couples will have equal rights in marriage thus will be treated in the same way as heterosexual couples.

Problem Analysis
Many believe that a same-sex marriage is wrong because the couple can’t reproduce children (Waldman, A Common Missed Conception: Why religous people are against gay marriage ). Gay couples need equal rights in marriage to be able to raise children in a family environment. Having equal rights in marriage will give gay couples the validity and recognition of being a...
Running head: UNEQUAL RIGHTS IN MARRIAGE
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Unequal Rights in Marriage