I sit on a bench, gazing around at the trees dotting the beautiful park around me, watching as children play in the fountain by the walking path and college students throw sticks for their dogs on the rectangular field. A couple, a woman in her early twenties and a man around that age, walk past me with their arms around each other. I sigh. The affection they show is so real, so public. My hands twist in my lap as I wait. I know we shouldn't be meeting where others can see, but I can’t help myself. My heart belongs to him, and no matter how hard people try I can’t change who I am. My hand runs through my short brown hair, and I see him trotting to me across the field. I smile and we connect, hugging. I look over his shoulder and people are already giving us dirty looks. My stomach wrenches, but my love can’t be held back. All I want is to love freely, without hiding. I take his hand, and we start off to the little café down the road. We were good at hiding the love we had for each other, but it wasn't fair. I looked over the field and saw the same couple I had seen earlier finishing their lap around. All I want. All I ask. Freedom.
All states should legalize gay marriage because gays don't get the rights that straights do, like share the money, property, etc. With their spouse, and gays should get the right to do this because that is discrimination. Banning it can cause humiliation for children with gay couples for parents, and that could cause more suicides. If gay couples marry, more children in foster homes can get adopted.
map of the states that legalized gay marriage (2015)
(orange = states that have allowed same-sex marriage)
(red = states that have banned same-sex marriage)
These are the states that have legalized gay marriage. 26 of these made their decision by court decision. 8 by legislature and 3 by popular vote.13 other states… well, 12 made their decision by constitutional amendment and state law and 1 by constitutional amendment only. There are still 8 states where gay marriage appeals are slowly coming to surface, but the bans are overturned. What do those 13 states have against it? Well here, I’m going to explain why I think that those 13 states should change their same-sex ban law.
So anyway, my first reason for this topic is discrimination. We discriminate gays because of the sex they love. Also, if gay couples get married, they can’t share property, money, and health insurance. So when one partner gets into the hospital, the other partner cannot make the decisions about the house. When one partner dies, he/she cannot make their own will; someone else has to do it. Hospitals cannot legally allow gay couples to receive medical information about a condition unless they have brought a blood-relative and they are present. Does that seem unfair? (Infographic, “10 Reasons Why Gay Marriage Should Be Legalized” by Alex King)
Also, some jobs are not accepting workers because they are gay or lesbian. They only want straight people to work for them. That is discriminating gays because now they can’t work because of who they are. There are few jobs now that accept gays to work. If we did not discriminate gays, there would be more jobs open for workers since their expectations are so limited.
There is a constitutional law, based on the constitution. This law allows people to have rights such as federal and state government. Everyone has this right. So if we are banning gays to marry and denying gay couples the rights that straights have, we are technically taking away the rights the constitutional law gives to all Americans, including gays, who are the same as everybody else. This is also discrimination. (Constitutional Law, Wex Legal Dictionary)
Secondly, banning the rights to gay marriage could lead to child issues. For example, children with parents who are gay could get deeply humiliated by peers, other adults, or the government itself. This could lead to depression, which almost always leads to suicide. The government wants peace in the world, but how can they get that by treating humans differently and causing depression in their citizens? And it’s not only the parents. Children get bullied because they love their same sex. This could also lead to suicide. So if we allowed gay marriage in all states, the suicide rate for children could go down.
Also, children need parents. That is how they learn about the world, about society, about themselves. So children in foster care or adoptive homes can get adopted by gay couples. Now even more children are happy with a care-free home… but not with the law in lots of states that do not allow gays to marry. So if gays were allowed to marry, children would have happy homes with parents of their own instead of having multiple “parents” in a foster care.
pic from: http://www.huffingtonpost.com
A society reason: If we deny the option to marry for people who are gay or lesbian, the government will soon create a second-class of citizens because some people do not get the right to marry like their friends, family, and other people in general. Also, allowing gay couples to marry will decrease the divorce rate. Studies show that that the United States, compared to other countries, has one of the highest divorce rates. If we allow gay marriage to be legal in all states, the divorce rate will go down because there will be less incompatibility and/or infertility. (Infographic, “10 Reasons Why Gay Marriage Should Be Legalized” by Alex King)
There is a slight downside, though: An important part of marriage, or an integral part of marriage, is to have children of your own. But… again, more children would get adopted because of gay couples not being about to produce offspring together... and children in adoptive cares would have a happier life in a happy home. (“8 Major Pros and Cons of Gay Marriage” website article by Chief Editor)
Love is love. If anyone wants to argue against that… they must not know what their true argument means because topics like this take thinking and research. Same-sex couples should be allowed to marry… they leave a lot of benefits on the government and society as well. Children without homes can finally get one in Texas and Michigan would not have a lower class of citizens. Suicidal attempts will occur less often for children who are gay or have parents who are gay. Humans will not be discriminated and will get the same constitutional rights that everyone deserves and has the right to have. So should gay marriage be legal in all states and countries? Yes, I absolutely believe so.