Essay on Love, Liberty, And The Pursuit Of Happiness

1796 Words Nov 5th, 2015 8 Pages
Stella Nguyen
CIN: 302613199
PHIL 323
November 5, 2015

Love Has No Labels
As Americans, we are told by our founding fathers that we are created ‘equal’ and under the law, we are entitled to three basic rights: the rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. With that being a doctrine and etched into most books, it is safe to assume that we should also possess the right to love whomever we want—as this will grant us the happiness that we are all sanctioned to. To love or to be loved is a beautiful thing that every human should experience. The feeling of love is indefinable; it is a passionate commitment that we humans create, cultivate and cherish, even though it arrives into our lives unbidden. So to speak, when two people—any two people—are in love, they should be able to openly express their love and commitment for one another by becoming married. Regardless of their race and sexual orientation (e.g. heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual), all humans should be able to experience love and participate in marriage. The thought of denying anyone (i.e. homosexuals) the benefits that heterosexuals have enjoyed for centuries is ridiculous. Marriage is a very symbolic gesture and to take that privilege away from two people, who are deeply in love, is unjust and discriminatory—violating both civil and human rights. In “For Better Or Worse?” the author, Jonathan Rauch, discusses the meaning of marriage, its purpose for society, and reasons as to why he supports same-sex…

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