Essay on Gay Marriage Should Be Legal

1684 Words Dec 13th, 2016 7 Pages
On June 26, 2015, the US Supreme Court declared that gay marriage is a right protected by the US Constitution in all 50 states. Before their decision, same-sex marriage was already legal in 37 states and Washington DC but was banned in the remaining 13. US public opinion had shifted considerably over the years, from 27% approval of gay marriage in 1996 to 60% in 2015. Proponents of legal gay marriage argue that gay marriage bans are prejudiced and unconstitutional and that same-sex couples should have access to all the benefits experienced by different-sex couples. Opponents contend that marriage has, by tradition, been defined as a union between one man and one woman. (ProCon)

It is my contention that the only way to enforce the federal law is to amend the U.S. Constitution While the 14th Amendment was drafted in the 19th century and doesn’t directly address the question of sexual orientation and right to marry, the Supreme Court draws its ruling from the fact that the 14th Amendment allows everyone to enjoy the privileges of American citizenship—including marriage—without legislated discrimination against their orientation. However, the 14th Amendment does not directly concern marriage, and therefore does not guarantee the right to marry.
The subject of “Same Sex Marriage” is important to me because of my children. As a working single mother, I was assisted in raising them with the aid of a female babysitter named Melissa. At times while working two jobs, she spent more…

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