Argumentative Essay on Gay Rights

1718 Words Jan 20th, 2014 7 Pages
Lauren Corey
17 October 2013
English 101
Professor Tantalo
Essay 3
Love Transcends Gender
Most people believe that they deserve the rights that they are granted by the government. An upstanding citizen who pays their taxes, serves their community and abides by the law should be afforded the rights of an American. However, not all citizens are afforded equal rights. Gay and lesbians are consistently denied rights that are typically taken for granted by the average American. Specifically, gay and lesbian couples are denied the right to marry even if they are upstanding citizens and are held at an unfair disadvantage solely because of their sexual orientation. This discrimination must stop because gay and lesbian couples are law-abiding
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However, some people argue that same-sex marriage would be tolerable if they were confined to their own communities. That way the general public would not be “subjected” to their practices. How incredibly ridiculous does that sound? Gay people are not lepers. We as a country cannot isolate a faction of the population and force them to live in designated areas. This idea parallels the concept of moving all the Native Americans onto reservations. Thinking such a thing is outdated and regresses back to another closely related idea: segregation. Do people really want to repeat one of the largest social injustices in American history? Separate but equal is not equal; it creates a division and a difference.
People may argue that if gay marriage is legalized it will cost more money for taxpayers. However, this is an inaccurate statement. In fact, allowing gay marriage to be legal can save money since marriage would require them to assume legal responsibility. It has been supported through studies and shown that gay marriage can affect taxpayers positively. A direct example is how “New York City brought in 259 million dollars during the first year that they legalized gay marriage” (Berman). Since this is the case, why is it not allowed if it can actually save money?
Homosexuals are kind, loving, caring, nurturing and usually want kids of their own just like…

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