The Social Injustice Inherent in the Ban on Same-Sex Marriage
The issue of same-sex marriage has remained a controversy for numerous years. Even after the huge improvement in society, the concern on same-sex marriage has not changed in many citizens’ minds. However, at the same time, the new generation takes a stand to give homosexuals a chance to get married. The Supreme Court argues about same-sex marriage laws versus traditional marriage laws, religion, and economic benefits. The government must legalize same-sex marriage in every state to protect the rights guaranteed by the Constitution. Same-sex marriage versus traditional marriage consists of many problems especially with the constitution and its laws. As of 2013, 11 states legalized gay marriage; the other 39 states banned it due to constitutional amendments (Sanders). However, under the Equal Protection law of the Fourteenth Amendment, mandates, “No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privilege or immunities of citizens of the U.S., nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws” (Hudson 18). There are many rights same-sex couples will acquire if same-sex marriage is legalized. Same-sex couples want the same rights that heterosexual couples have (Sember). There are over 100 legal rights for married couples. If an emergency, such as a health crisis occurs between gay couples, they have no say so in any of the healthcare decisions of their partner (Sember). Same-sex couples have no legal rights no matter how long they have been together just simply because they do not have a civil union. Benefits are one reason why same-sex couples want to have marriage legalized. While same-sex couples can protect themselves by creating wills and powers of attorneys, this monetary benefit does not come close to the advantages a couple receives from being married...
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