Essay on Gay Marriage Should Be Legal

1268 Words Apr 26th, 2016 null Page
On June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States declared that same-sex marriage is a protected right of the United States Constitution in all 50 states. Before this decision, gay marriage was only legal in 37 states and Washington DC, but was not allowed in the other thirteen. The public opinion in our country has changed substantially over the past 10 years or so, from 27% approval of same-sex marriage in 1996 to 60% in 2015. Proponents of this controversial topic say that preventing homosexuals from marrying is discrimination as well as unconstitutional, and that same-sex couples should have access to everything that different-sex couples do. Opponents say that opposite-sex marriage has always been the traditional idea of marriage, and is also the only way to reproduce and procreate. I side with the proponents of same-sex marriage, and agree that it is in no way unethical or immoral. Taking a utilitarian view on gay marriage, allowing people to marry someone of the same sex would produce more pleasure than pain, meaning that same-sex marriage is ethical and moral according to this view. Having gay friends and family has greatly influenced my opinion on this and there are several reasons I believe that it should be universally acceptable. First, I do not believe that homosexuality is a choice and therefore cannot be changed or controlled, just as heterosexual people do not choose to be heterosexual. People who are against gay marriage…

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