Legalization of Homosexual Marriage Essay

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Most people believe that they deserve the rights they are granted by the government. An upstanding citizen who pays their taxes, serves their community and abides by the law should be afforded the rights of an American. However, not all citizens are afforded equal rights. Gay and lesbians are constantly denied rights that are typically taken for granted by the average American. Specifically, gay and lesbians couples are denied the right to marry even if they are upstanding citizens. They are held at an unfair disadvantage simply because of their sexual orientation. This discrimination must end because gay and lesbian couples are law-abiding citizens too, who should be offered the same rights as heterosexual couples. Same sex marriage …show more content…
Some argue that same sex couples cannot provide the proper environment to raise a child. However, take a look at whom many of these critics allow to marry and raise children, people such as murderers, child molesters, and convicted felons of all sorts. If same sex couples can provide a home filled with love, stability and commitment, then where is the harm done. The child, as well as the love for the child must be a priority in every family, not the gender of the parents. Linked in the argument of providing an appropriate upbringing for the child is that marriage is for reproduction. What about couples who cannot have children? Is it safe to say by the rule of the critics that if a couple cannot produce offspring than they should not be married? This is hardly the case since the option of adoption is available for straight couples. Why is adoption not a right often extended to gay couples? Wouldn't this help to decline the number of children left in foster homes without families to call their own? When it comes to same-sex couples, children exist whether people agree with it or not, and they need protection and rights. Their families shouldn’t be stigmatized or denied stability and legal protections. Aside from children that already exist in same-sex households, there

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