Gay Marriage Should Be Legal in All States Essay

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The Supreme Court of the United States recently ruled that the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage. Yet, same-sex marriage continues to be a highly debated issue. George Chauncey gives a road map of the history of marriage equality in his article “The Long Road to Marriage Equality,” same-sex marriage has always existed but became a hot issue in the 1970's. In the 70's the Supreme Court of the United States in the state of Minnesota upheld a lower court's decision that denying a marriage license to same-sex couple did not violate the United States Constitution. American children are educated that the United States of America is one of the best countries around that is until you look at our past to see that we enslaved …show more content…
Since the United States is creating second-class citizens, same-sex couples see marriage equality as a way of validating and having their relationship recognized and do not want to be second-class citizens anymore. If marriage is the only way to have their relationship to be validated then their identity is not whole. Heterosexual’s identity is also based around marriage because they see marriage as the final step to completing their relationship. Same-sex couples do get that final stage in their life (Hull 199). Many homosexuals believe and feel like second-class citizens because they do not have the full equality as heterosexuals do. By allowing marriage equality, it does not infringe on anyone’s rights because in the first amendment we have freedom of speech, press, religion etc. so the people of the United States should have the right/freedom to choose whom they want to marry whether it is another person of the same or opposite sex. Since marriage equality is not allowed in thirty-three states, that is discrimination against same-sex couples. The United States outlawed discrimination for sexual orientation as a reason not to get hired yet states can discriminate based on sexual orientation not to allow marriage. Also the Equal Protection Clause recognized the right to marry the person of one’s choosing as a protected civil right inherent in liberty and freedom. By denying same-sex couples the right to marry, the United States is violating the original meaning and

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