Same-Sex Marriage Essay

987 Words Nov 3rd, 2013 4 Pages
Same-Sex Marriage: Everyone Has the Right to be Miserable
By: K.C. Grome
COMM/215
November 10, 2013
Instructor: Gayle Thomas

One of the most highly debated issues faced as a country is that of same-sex marriage. America is home to some of the most proud and patriotic people in the world. A nation built on freedom and unlimited opportunities, for those that meet the requirements. With the recent addition of Illinois, 15 states allow same sex marriage. That leaves 35 states denying rights to its residents. Some people feel that we are moving in the right direction by allowing same-sex couples to be legally married. Some believe that it is a mistake and will impact America negatively in the long run. All Americans, regardless of race,
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The right to be married should not be based on sexual orientation. My wife and her family are all very important to me. One of the people I am closest with in her family is gay. And she is currently in a relationship with another female and it is truly a beautiful thing. They treat each other with love and respect, and are both productive members of society. Yet they are denied the right to take their relationship to the next level and get married. I rarely see two people so committed to each other. They deserve to be married just as much as any heterosexual couple. Outlined in the constitution, are the rights every American is afforded. In 1974’s Cleveland Board of Education Vs. LaFleur case, the Supreme Court ruled that the “freedom of personal choice in matters of marriage and family life is one of the liberties protected by the Due Process Clause.” Banning gay marriage was deemed “unconstitutional under both the Due Process, and Equal Opportunity Clauses.” (US District Judge Vaughn Walker, August 2010. In regards to Proposition 8 in California.) Most hospitals have strict visiting policies when it comes to inpatient care as well. Generally, you have to be a family member during certain times to visit. So if something happened to a gay person’s partner that required them to be hospitalized, they might not be able to go and visit them until a certain time of day. All because they are not afforded the same rights as heterosexual couples. That is

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