Reasons For Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage

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One of the various reasons to argue for legalizing same-sex marriage is that gay marriage bans cause mental stress for lesbian, gay, and bisexual people, which in turn negatively impacts physical and mental health. Christopher Munsey mentions in his article “Psychology’s case for same-sex marriage” that doctor Ilan Meyer of Columbia University says, “The experience of living with stigma, always being vigilant and constantly needing to conceal your “authentic self” from disapproval and even violence exacerbates the pressures that everyone feels in daily life” (46). This suggests that by banning same-sex marriage, different amounts of social pressure are being pushed onto same-sex couples. On top of marriage rights being denied, homophobia and …show more content…
A great point made by conservative Chief Justice John Roberts in Nathan Goetting’s more recent article “More Than Just The Last Gay Marriage Case” is that “if Sue loves Joe and Tom loves Joe, Sue can marry him and Tom can’t. And the difference is based upon their different sex. Why isn’t that a straightforward question of sexual discrimination?” Although this wouldn’t do much for the gay rights cause, it would still help overturn the bans (Goetting 56). Stating that some people do not deserve the right to marry is like saying that they’re unworthy of such recognition, when in fact being married protects both persons in the marriage and their children legally with physical records. Throughout history, minorities of the population have been denied various kinds of rights. They are thought to be “different” than the majority, which through time, proves to be generally wrong. Gary J. Gates mentions in his article “Marriage and Family: LGBT Individuals and Same-Sex Couples” that as same-sex couples are generally being more accepted into the society in which we live in, the differences between heterosexual couples and same-sex couples have pulled close (69). He also said that “compared to 20 years ago, proportionately more lesbians and gay men are in cohabiting same-sex relationships, and they break up and divorce at rates similar to those of comparable different-sex couples” (69). The fact that the statistical data of behaviors from same-sex couples is similar to different-sex couples suggests that the “differences” between the two are merely made up. The United States have come together as a nation to recognize different minorities as equal: various racial groups, disabled people, immigrants and most of all, women. This begs the question of why people of different sexual orientations but with the same kind of love are being denied the right to marry just because something might develop

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