AP English Language
9 September 2014Same-Sex Marriage
Gay marriage or same-sex marriage has been a controversial topic for approximately the last ten years. While legalized in some states, it is not legalized in all. Out of fifty states in the United States of America, gay marriage is only legalized in nineteen of those states; meaning there are still thirty-one states where same-sex marriage is illegal. For this reason gay marriage should be legalized in all states because as humans we have the right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”, which entitles us to love, and the freedom to marry whomever we want. We all have right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”, as stated in the Declaration of Independence. The key aspect of that is the pursuit of happiness. This means that we the people can do whatever we feel makes us happy as long as it does not negatively affect somebody else’s life and is legal. Being able to marry the one we love is included in that pursuit, so if a heterosexual couple can get married legally and thus pursue happiness, then why can a homosexual couple not do the same? Homosexuals, like every other individual, have all the same rights except for marriage. Their sexuality should not take away their pursuit of happiness. Although homosexuality is against some people’s beliefs and religions, it is not affecting their personal lives. All people have different beliefs, so to tell someone else that they cannot get married because of a personal belief is wrong. In addition, separation of church and state is a part of the Constitution, so why are other people’s beliefs still affecting the law making? As individuals who live in the United States of America, we are all equal and free, are we not? American citizens have freedom to do as we please legally unlike other countries. We can earn our money, practice our own personal beliefs and religions, and do what we want. Homosexuals...
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