Essay Same-Sex Marriage

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Same-Sex Marriage

Many people believe that marriage is an integral part of their lives. Currently, marriage is defined within the parameters of a partnership of one man and one woman. Under Canadian common law, a same-sex couple cannot get married and the government refuses to acknowledge homosexuals as equals. Prohibiting same-sex marriages in legislation is discrimination. Denying homosexuals the ability to form this bond violates freedom of expression, equality rights for minorities, and freedom of religion, provisions present in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. This is an issue of equality, security and freedom. If gays are denied the basic human right of marriage, one must ask the
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450/1500 animal species have homosexual mating behaviours (Bidstrup). Marriage is a symbol of commitment; a public declaration of love. Being gay is part of that person's core identity (Bidstrup). Since the AIDS epidemic, there has been a stigma placed on gays being promiscuous, making respect of gays that much more difficult. Society really cannot accuse gays of being promiscuous if the law does not permit them to access the institution of marriage. Allowing gays to marry would discourage promiscuity in the homosexual population and bring stability to same-sex relationships. Through marriage, gays can "reclaim the legitimacy of [their] relationship[s] and demonstrate to other gay and lesbian couples that lasting homosexual love is possible" (Tessina 87).

Homosexuals are looking for an alternative way of living with health and happiness. They have changed their image, habits, and tactics. Many would like to be mothers and fathers, and are pushing towards safer sex and monogamy (Gay 90's). A common misunderstanding is that sex motivates homosexuals. It seems more likely that heterosexuals see marriage more sexually considering that many believe marriage stands for the purpose of procreation. It is important to note that infertile couples are allowed to marry and that our world is already overpopulated, so clearly procreation is presently not a

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