Persuasive Essay On Same Sex Marriage

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Does a person really understand the need or want for legalizing same-sex marriage without directly experiencing it for themselves? It all started in March of 2012, the day our lives were forever changed. It was the start of a roller coaster of emotions for my sister and our family. My sister, who I had always looked up to, came out about her attraction to other females. In the beginning, we were faced with anger and denial like most people probably would have expected. It wasn’t an easy matter to except. The denial was so strong because, unlike most, there were never any signs showing she was attracted to someone of the same sex. In the end we were faced with the decision of supporting the life she had chosen for herself or turning our backs …show more content…
We would not turn our backs because she had made a decision many thought was morally wrong. We knew it would be a long, hard road for her and we were unwilling to let her make this journey alone. When others began to become aware of her decision they were quick to judge. Soon after, they began to question our family for supporting her. Many people were willing to throw judgement upon her without ever really knowing her or her past. Knowing there were so many who were unwilling to waiver in their quick judgement of my sister made our family stronger in supporting her decision to be in a same-sex relationship. We all knew things were going to be difficult and we were not going to add to the pain others would cause. It may not be the life we would have chosen for her, but its her life and we stand firm on her decision. It opened our eyes to the hatred people hold for things or people that are different. We realized how important it is, not only for my sister, but other same-sex couples to be treated equally. They deserve the same respect as any heterosexual couple. Why can’t society accept the fact not everyone is the …show more content…
However, if all men are created equal, why is there an ongoing movement of whether or not same-sex marriage should be legal? Multiple countries stepped forward many years ago starting the process of legalizing same-sex marriage. “The Dutch Parliament (Netherlands) first legalised same-sex marriage in 2001. It was then enacted in Belgium in 2003, Spain and Canada in 2005, South Africa in 2006, Norway and Sweden in 2009, Portugal along with Iceland and Argentina in 2010, Denmark in 2012, and Brazil and France in 2013” (YI 497). Since the process of legalizing marriage for homosexual couples began, thirteen of the US states and the District of Columbia have passed same-sex marriage starting with Massachusetts in 2004 (YI 497). “Since Massachusetts first legalized same-sex marriage in 2004 to 2008, their divorce rate has decreased by 21 percent. During the same time period, Alaska prohibited same-sex marriage and had an increase in the number of divorces by 17.2 percent.” Although thirteen US states have legalized same-sex marriage, there are many states who still have not due to it being such a controversial issue when looked at from society 's moral

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