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As of November 20, 2014, same –sex marriage has been legalized in 35 out of 50 U.S. states. Same-sex marriage is a hot topic which the Supreme Court is considering to legalize. Many people say a homosexual person is a sinner. The question is do homosexual people choose his or her gender? They were born that way and they are happy with their lives. Homosexual people are nothing unlike heterosexual people. They are living, they are working, and they contribute to society. Proponents state that same-sex couples should have access to the same marriage benefits and public acknowledgment enjoyed by heterosexual couples and that prohibiting gay marriage is unconstitutional discrimination. On the other side, opponents argue that altering the traditional definition of marriage as between a man and a woman will further weaken a threatened institution and that legalizing gay marriage is a slippery downhill way that may lead to polygamous and interspecies marriages (gaymarriage.procon.org). All people in the world should understand the meaning of marriage, whether a same-sex marriage or a traditional marriage. For that reason, same-sex marriage should be considered as a legal marriage because it is an equal right for humankind and beneficial for society as well as preventing youth suicide. Every person deserves to be treated equally, whether homosexual or heterosexual. All people are born in the same way. There is no difference between skin color, gender, wealthy or poverty. So homosexuality is not a disease. They want to live a life like seven billion in the world. They have hearts and they fall in love with a person in the same situation as them. Marriage is a beautiful and meaningful thing when two people are connected by love and care. Is it a big problem if that is a same-sex marriage? According to writer James Kellard, there are some people who get married for money, business agreements, and even health insurance (Kellard). Yet, it is considered a traditional marriage. The review by Kellard is like a shot hitting the antigay lobby who do not understand the meaning of same-sex marriage. As soon as same-sex marriage is legal, there is just a word "marriage” and no more “same-sex”. That means marriage has truly meaning as it is supposed to be and everyone lives happily ever after. However, nothing can guarantee that homosexual and same-sex marriage are treated equally in society and public places. For instances, if a homosexual man gets a same-sex spouse and he applies for a job and the manager is an anti-gay, who knows that he can be evaluated fairly or unfairly by the manager. That’s the reason why David Boies, an attorney and chairman of a New York law firm, believes same-sex marriage is not a liberal or conservative issue, but an issue of enforcing the U.S. Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection. Boies and homosexuals want to make sure there is no discrimination for gay people and same-sex marriage. On the bright side, the Supreme Court has announced that the right to marry the person one loves is so fundamental that states cannot abridge that. In additional, same-sex marriage might contribute advantages to society. The statistical data refers to one in four women will experience domestic violence during her lifetime and women are more likely to be killed by an intimate partner or husband (safehorizon.org). Around the world, traditional marriages are based on hierarchy, with men having power over women. For example, a woman has to change her last name or move to live with her husband’s family and even into domestic violence. Rebecca Solnit, a writer for Greenhaven Press in San Francisco, points out that allowing same-sex couple to marry will upend these entrenched gender roles, helping to create more equality for everyone. By supporting same-sex marriage, the issue of inequality is reduced in each family; the men have no more power over the women and the number of two...
Cited: Boies, David. "Gay Marriage Is Protected by the US Constitution." Gay Marriage. Ed. Debra A. Miller. Detroit: Greenhaven Press, 2012. At Issue. Rpt. from "Gay Marriage and the Constitution: Why Ted Olson and I Are Working to Overturn California 's Proposition 8." Wall Street Journal 20 July 2009.
Kellard, James. "Gay Marriage Should Be Legal." Gay Marriage. Ed. Debra A. Miller. Detroit: Greenhaven Press, 2012. At Issue. Rpt. from "Do We Have a Constitutional Right to Ban Gay Marriage?" 2011.
Solnit, Rebecca. "Marriage Equality for Same-Sex Couples Would Benefit Everyone." Gender Roles. Ed. Noël Merino. Farmington Hills, MI: Greenhaven Press, 2014. Opposing Viewpoints. Rpt. from "More Equal than Others." Financial Times 25 May 2013.
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