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Homosexual and Heterosexual Marriage Rights

November 24, 2009
By apurvis SILVER, Hartland, Wisconsin
apurvis SILVER, Hartland, Wisconsin
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Gay marriage…One of the largest controversies in the nation. Who a person chooses to love and wants to spend the rest of their life with is their decision. In the article “Abolish Marriage” Michael Kinsley states, “Mutually consenting sex with the person of your choice in the privacy of your own home is now a basic right of American citizenship under the Constitution.” The government cannot forbid this from happening. Allowing only a certain group of people to marry is discrimination. As time moves forward, Americans become more accepting of new norms; homosexuality is one of them. Forcing them to hide and cover up who they are is forcing them to look at life through a mask. Now is the time to accept and embrace gays and lesbians. The United States of America strives to uphold the appearance of equality and freedom so if one group cannot marry then no one should be able to marry.
Constitutional laws and religious rules should not be mixed together. The government can’t start making laws because of religion. If all religious rules became laws, people could get fined for saying the Lord’s name in vain. The world does not revolve around religion. What about insurance benefits? And making medical decisions? Marriage enables couples to share insurance benefits along with joint ownership of property. Should this not be allowed because a person loves someone of the same sex?
Let’s say in a homosexual couple, one of them is in a tragic car accident. They are unconscious and the spouse needs to make a decision about the surgery. Because there are no legal papers proving the marriage, the doctor will have no way of knowing about their spouse. A man and a woman when living together in marriage has duel income and can share all of the finances. Owning a house is almost impossible without the help from another person.

Denying marriage to a homosexual couple is no different than denying marriage to a Hispanic or African American couple, either way it is discrimination. Who is gay marriage hurting? No one. Gay marriage should be looked at as an advantage to the world. They can’t reproduce themselves so they can adopt and help save the millions of children in the world without a family.

AIDS: Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. Several people relate homosexuality with this sexually transmitted disease but in reality, there is no longer any direct relationship. STDs come from careless people who have unprotected sex with multiple partners. Whether it is a man and a woman, a woman and a woman, or a man and a man, does not make a difference.

A family member of mine came out as homosexual. Seeing them go through struggles, people’s harsh stares and nasty comments drove me crazy. He is still the same person. The United States of America needs to realize this as well. Marriage should be about love. It should not be an image of the perfect husband and wife.

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This article has 14 comments.

on Jun. 1 2015 at 5:23 pm
AshleySD BRONZE, Campbell, California
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I agree with most of this, but not all people should be allowed to be married. I'm sure that you didn't mean this when you wrote the article, but it kind of sounds like you are okay with a child marrying a parent or something like that.

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on Jul. 5 2013 at 10:29 pm
rroland GOLD, Cazenovia, New York
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We except the love we think we deserve

I am bi and i totally agree.... What if i decided to marry a woman..... I hope more people can come to this conclusion

on Feb. 12 2012 at 9:31 am
wow that was great i loved it

Leyx2 said...
on Feb. 9 2012 at 5:48 pm
You are a very good writer!!!! my teacher used this article in school and now we are writing a essay about it :p

schlage GOLD said...
on Jan. 2 2012 at 7:27 pm
schlage GOLD, Erie, Pennsylvania
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Great article. For too long the government has discriminated people because of religion. Legally, the state and church are supposed to be seperate. Marriage should be based on love, but there's a long fight ahead to prove that to people. Hopefully people will one day look at this kind of discrimination the same way that most look at racism: with disgust.

on Dec. 2 2010 at 11:28 am
PixyMuffin BRONZE, Kinston, Alabama
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"Don't Hold onto the past so hard. You can't grip the future," - Megan Beam(my best friend)

This article is just amazing. I am actually speechless.

I completely agree with everything you say!!!! 100% =]

on Dec. 2 2010 at 12:11 am
ZombieDanceWithMe SILVER, Rockford, Illinois
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Favorite Quote:
“To die is nothing; but it is terrible not to live”

-Victor Hugo

I loved the article! although one of your paragraphs was kind of split and confusing, I liked and agreed with what you said. 

great article, again! :D

on Nov. 10 2010 at 7:43 pm
TophTheMighty BRONZE, Independence, Kentucky
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You must never give in to despair. Allow yourself to slip down that road and you surrender to your lowest instincts. In the darkest times, hope is something you give yourself. That is the meaning of inner strength. -Uncle Iroh

WOW. Awesome. I completely agree with you. Someday I hope that I will legally be allowed to marry my beloved girlfriend. Discrimination is hard to deal with. I'm glad you support your family member. My family is not okay with my homosexuality, but I hope that one day they will think like you.

on Oct. 19 2010 at 11:39 am
LoveMeHateMe GOLD, Tecumseh, Oklahoma
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Giving up doesn't always mean your weak, sometimes it just means your strong enough to let go.

I love the way you are so strong about expressing how you feel. I agree 100% with what you have said. I know one day people like you can make a real differencein this world.

on Jul. 12 2010 at 9:47 pm
midnightsilence PLATINUM, Hilltowns, Massachusetts
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There are consequences for your actions

i love your view on this sensitive subject.... I wish that everyone in this world felt the same.  It breaks my heart to see discrimination.  But if we stand up, if we ALL stand up... then hate will have no chance.  Amen! 

on Apr. 26 2010 at 1:19 pm
MarinaOreo GOLD, King Of Prussia, Pennsylvania
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"Your soul is the whole world" -Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse

Awesome! I love it!  :)

on Apr. 4 2010 at 11:02 pm
Robkingett PLATINUM, Tallahassee, Florida
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When I was little they called me a liar, but now I'm grown up, they call me a writer.

this was wonderfull! wow!

on Mar. 13 2010 at 10:44 am
Karma_Chameleon SILVER, English, Indiana
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Favorite Quote:
To be able to say "I love you" one must first be able to say "I" - Ayn Rand

Wonderful! I would love if you'd expanded just a touch more, but it's still a great piece! Kudos!

on Dec. 7 2009 at 7:15 pm
I absolutely agree with your article, and you did a great job in explaining it all! Six stars! Excellent work!