Instructor: Gloria Zuniga y Postigo
January 27, 2013
Why Homosexuals Deserve an Equal Opportunity to Marriage
A very big topic that lingers on the hearts and minds of so many Americans today, on the desks of so many politicians and in so many courtrooms around the country today is gay marriage. There are two very identifiable sides to this debate and both sides have very defendable points of view, which are constantly being publically expressed by radicals and extremist from both sides of the spectrum. My point of views differ from those who believe that gay marriage should remain illegal however, I am going to look at both sides of this huge debate and argue the point that homosexuals should be granted the right to marry whomever they please because it is not only unconstitutional, but unjust and logically improper to forfeit to this group of people the same, equal rights to marriage as heterosexuals simply because of their sexual orientation.
Even though in the U.S. Constitution it does not specify anything about marriage whether it is homosexual or heterosexual, the constitution was designed to ensure that a federal government was established and to ensure equal rights to all citizens of the nation. In 1996 the Federal Defense of Marriage Act prevented any states from legalizing gay marriage however that was proven to be unconstitutional because it restricts the states to define marriage and prohibits gay couples the same rights and benefits as heterosexual couples. (Lavoie, 2012 Gay Marriage Law…) This all boils down to one underlying statement that many gay rights activist are battling for every day and that is that denying homosexuals the equal right to marry just as their heterosexual counterpart has the right to marry his or her significant other, is unconstitutional discrimination and that by prohibiting such an act to a certain group of people is not only in violation of their constitutional right for equal opportunity to all but also proving to the world that America is in deed still far from being in accordance with the freedoms and rights that we claim to give to our people because clearly we are still discriminating against this group of people without any basis or logical reasoning other than personal religious beliefs.
“Allowing same-sex couples to marry will give them access to basic rights such as hospital visitation during an illness, taxation and inheritance rights, access to family health coverage, and protection in the event of the relationship ending. An Oct. 2, 2009 analysis by the New York Times estimates that a same-sex couple denied marriage benefits will incur an additional $41,196 to $467,562 in expenses over their lifetime compared to a married heterosexual couple.” (http://gaymarriage.procon.org/, Gay Marriage) This battle of equal opportunity is not only about having equality but it is more than that. A homosexual individual is forced to pay consequences that a heterosexual individual would not have to otherwise suffer from. As I just quoted, a same-sex couple without marriage benefits would at an estimate incur over $40,000.00 in expenses simply because they do not obtain the same rights as a heterosexual couple. From a utilitarian point of view, which is demonstrated by actions that will be most beneficial for the greatest amount of people possible, this debate has an easy fix. Allowing same sex couples the right to marry their significant other would create a better life for them and bring equality to this group of people without causing any harm or negative drawback to the rest of society.
“Denying them is a violation of religious freedom (civil and religious marriages are two separate institutions). The main reason for denying marriage to gay couples is that all major religions consider homosexuality a sin; however, the First Amendment of the Constitution clearly states that a person's...