“with Liberty and Justice for All”

Topics: Homosexuality, Homophobia, Heterosexism Pages: 4 (1552 words) Published: December 5, 2010
“With Liberty and Justice for All”
An opinion of the social inequality that exists as it pertains to Gay Marriage Aimee L. Vroman
Strayer University Online

Introduction to Sociology
SOC 100-015016
Professor Paul Humenik
August 22, 2010

In recent years, the debate over same-sex marriage has grown from an issue that occasionally arose in a few states to a nationwide controversy. Indeed, in the last five years, the debate over gay marriage has been heard in the halls of the U.S. Congress, at the White House, in dozens of state legislatures and courtrooms, and in the rhetoric of election campaigns at both the national and state levels. Moreover, the battle over whether gays and lesbians should be allowed to wed shows no signs of abating. In the last year alone, three states have banned same-sex marriage and four states have legalized the practice. The time for debate is now over. The issue of gay marriage is not one of religious degradation, social erosion, or even ethical breakdown. It is an issue of inalienable rights guaranteed to all citizens of this country. The fact that our federal government does not recognize gay marriages is an atrocity and shameful at best.

“The foundation to gay rights will ultimately be seen as the right to marry, because with that right firmly established in law, most other forms of discrimination could not be justified.” (Bidstrup, Why Gays Should Be Allowed To Marry, 1996)

When we as a society look outwards, we see everything that we can do to help other societies attain our level of justice, personal and financial success, freedoms, and everything else that comes with our knowledge and perseverance. However, if we as a society were to look inward at ourselves (something that I am confident that only a small percentage of our society is willing to do) and at our society as a whole, would we see it in a different light? Would we see that even after fifty years of civil rights and equal opportunity that we...
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