Same-sex Marriage Deserves to be Supported

Our society doesn’t have gay books, they are just books. Our society doesn’t have gay clothes, they are just clothes. So, there is no gay marriage, it is just marriage.

Marriage is all about love, commitment, and passion. Some would argue that same-sex marriage should not be legal based on their religious beliefs. “Because I don’t believe God intended them to be that way.” (Wang 5). “It’s beastly.” (Wang 6). “Well. They’re sinners.” (Wang 6). Gay and lesbian people are human beings no matter their sexual orientation.

Love is love. Everyone deserves to have the same equal protection of the law. Regardless of who they are as a person, and who they decide to love, they deserve to be treated equally. The United States Constitution states “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…” (Murray 8). Therefore, there cannot be a law established based on religion. Members of the LGBTQ community should be treated as people, and there should not be a law stating otherwise. These people deserve protection, they deserve to be who they want to be, and religion-based laws should not be established.

Every individual deserves to have the same equal protection of the law. Regardless of who they are as a person, and who they decide to love, they deserve to be treated equally. President Barack Obama made a stunning speech in the White House Rose Garden and brought Obergefell vs Hodges to attention. (Jacobs 2). The Obergefell vs Hodges was a case ruled on April 28, 2015. This case “ruled that marriage is a fundamental right guaranteed by the Fourteenth Amendment, and therefore must be afforded to same-sex couples.” (Spitzer 1).  President Obama wanted to make our union more perfect, and he stated this to be a victory for our country. (Jacobs 3). Before this moment there were many gay and lesbian couples trying to fight for their civil rights. Finally, the Equal Protection mentioned in the fourteenth Amendment that under the law, every citizen has equal protection. The fourteenth amendment states, “No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” (LII 2). It is your choice on who you decide to be, who you marry, and how you like to be identified because love is love, and we are all human beings. You cannot argue with the law.

This prevents lawmakers from creating laws on same-sex marriage based on religion. Pope Francis once said, “God’s love is the same for everyone.” (Karr 1). Who are you to judge others because they do not believe in the same convictions as you? We are all told to love thy neighbor no matter our religion. (Karr 15). Members of the LBGTQ community are the neighbors you are told to love, as well as every other individual. This brings me to the First Amendment of the United States Constitution. The First Amendment of the United States Constitution states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion…” Therefore, religious beliefs do not create any laws on same-sex marriage.

We are all human beings who deserve to love who we want to love, and there should be no discrimination. While further research is proven, that there is no gay marriage, it is just marriage. Marriage is all about love, commitment, and passion. The LGBTQ community does not harm you physically, or mentally in any way. How would you feel if strangers told you who you can and cannot love? Same-sex marriage is not a crime.

Emily Toland

I am a student at Stephens College majoring in Biology to become a Radiologist Technician. I am taking English Comp to improve my English and writing skills. I hope to learn and become better so I can use these skills in the near future.

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