Essay about Same Sex Marriage Should Be Legal

1358 Words Oct 31st, 2015 6 Pages
Same-Sex Marriage
In 1969, in New York City’s Greenwich Village, 400 people took to the streets to protest the discrimination and inequality that gays and lesbians face on a daily occurrence.This was most commonly known as the Stonewall Riots and is widely recognised as the start of the gay rights movement (Parks 5). Since then the gay rights movement has experienced many great accomplishments such as their latest victory: the legalization of same-sex marriage. However, while this victory caused many great joy, their jubilation was sidetracked by the political backlash of others who believe that marriage exists only between a man and women and anything other is immoral. Even though, some people still don’t agree with the legalization of same-sex marriage, marriage is a legal right that should be available to everyone regardless of their sexuality because banning same-sex marriage is an active form of discrimination, it also has no basis in the constitution and lastly, the legalization of marriage does not affect those who are heterosexual.
The first state in the U.S to challenge courts on same-sex marriage was Hawaii in 1991in a case known as Baehr v. Lewin, where three same-sex couples sued the state for refusing to grant them marriage licenses, saying that the state 's action amounted to illegal discrimination (Newton). Hawaii was ultimately the first state in the US to allow same-sex couples to get married. However, in 1996, “The Defense of Marriage Act,”, declared that…

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