Should Same Sex Marriage Be Legalized? Essay

1051 Words Apr 29th, 2015 null Page
Newsstands, television screens, and social media platforms are plastered with images of joyous same sex couples sharing a kiss or proudly waving a rainbow flag overhead. A celebratory heading in boldface commands attention amongst the sea of sensationalized celebrity news. Same sex marriage has just been legalized. The basic human right to wed can now be exercised by millions of couples. This very scene has unfolded in thirty-seven of fifty states here in America. Some would say that this is democracy working at its finest- states are implementing what is right for the people by the people. So what is the big deal? At its core, marriage between two consenting parties is an internationally recognized human right that is “essential to the orderly pursuit of happiness by free men” (American Foundation for Equal Rights). Even so, countless couples in the U.S are denied the right to legally wed because democratic vote has rejected its lawfulness. Contrary to what those who champion democracy believe, marriage should not be an issue that the voting majority has the right to legalize. Instead, marriage is a right, similar to the right to life and security, given to one at birth and is far too fragile of an issue to fall into the hands of the voting public. I will argue that the basic human right to marriage should not under any circumstance be decided democratically but recognized as a birthright in accordance with international law.
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