Marriage is a sacred bond for two people who have chosen each other to spend the rest of their lives with. Although marriage has been corrupted by divorce, adultery, and other common factors, it has still been seen as the greatest bond between two human beings. If same sex marriages can face the same issues within the marriage of a heterosexual couple, then why hasn’t same sex marriage legalized all across America? By understanding the fact that there are consequences that come as a result to gay marriage, such as the effect it may have on the sanctity of marriage and the affects of the rights of children, it must be understood that by not legalizing same sex marriage is discrimination and there is not political reason why it is not legalized.
According to the article “Gay Couples Increase In Red And Blue States Alike” a writer for USNEWS.com reports that from the year 2000 to 2010, the amount of same-sex couples has increased by 200 percent in states such as North Dakota (Kurtzlben). So with in ten years more homosexuals were able to start to form their community and unions to accept those who shared the same common interest. The population of gay Americans is on the rise now than ever with the free revolution that is taking place but there is a blockade that stands in the way between their liberal freedom. In an article posted on Balanced Politics, it was stated how denying these rights is un-American and how “it is the main reason we have a Bill of Rights as well as anti-slavery and equal protection amendments”(Joe Messerli). Same sex marriage is legal in only eight out of fifty states in America which means that in other states gays are not allowed to wed: they must travel to another state to legally become married. The fact that a couple can be denied the ability to seal their love seem preposterous in sense because if this is so, then many other marriages should be denied as well. In 2010, sixteen-year old Courtney Alexis Stodden was given permission by her parents to marry fifty one-year old, actor Doug Hutchison. In a sense, this case seems to be a bit more severe than a same sex marriage.
Telling a person that they are not able to commit to marriage is unlawful especially in America, however, the sanctity of holly matrimony is affected by same sex marriage. Marriage comes from a practice in the bible and in the bible, marriage is a joining of a man and a woman and the relationship between the same-sex is banned. However, the relationship of church and state has been separated since for years, which leads the government to have no control over who decides to marry who, with the exception of certain cases. If a man wants to marry another man and have a healthy relationship, why should the government be able to determine that this kind of relationship is expectable? Although the government over steps its boundaries, the fear that marriage will be corrupted is still a worry to those who value certain religious practices but as American, they should be comfortable to allow each person to individually do as they choose. No one else should have the power to deny a couples love and each person who chooses to love whoever should deal with their own consequences.
As said earlier, church and state is separated but how is it justified that the government has control over who marries? In an article posted on procon.org, it states “as of May 10, 2012, gay marriage has been legalized in eight US states (MA, CT, IA, VT, NH, NY, WA - effective June 7, 2012, and MD - effective Jan. 1, 2013) and the District of Columbia. 31 states have constitutional amendments banning gay marriage”(gaymarriage.procon.org). How is this justice? There is nothing legally wrong with allowing same sex couples to wed. It does not affect the economy it only alters social justices such as the rights of children. It is also argued the rights of children are being altered in ways in which their education curriculum will include learning about same sex marriage. Although remaining censored and aware of what is filtered into the curriculum of the schools, limiting children’s education will teach them acceptance of broader ideas. Teaching children, though, of gay rights and marriage doesn’t necessarily seem to be much of a problem because there is no harm in knowledge but only a chance at teaching children social equality. Exposing children to these ideologies of the world can eliminate harmful social factors such as bullying and discrimination and it can also leave them with an open mind to accept the different types of people in the world while also not being afraid of becoming who they are. Children should learn and know about same sex marriage because if not their own parents, they will be exposed to same sex couple all around because of the rise of the same sex couple population. The fact that a gay couple gets married would not corrupt the government, yet it will open the acceptance of every kind of person which is a quality the should be enforced in children. It is not fair to limit the education of a child and from experience, I feel as though if the kids
In conclusion, if America is to be seen as the land of the free, why hasn’t homosexuals been given the freedom to love whom ever they choose? These types of discrimination are equivalent to anti-African American establishments or hate groups against women. As America has promised in its Constitution, ever kind of person shall be treated equal but America taking away these rights is unconstitutional. Marriage is a sanctioned bond of love and should not be judged on the sex of the people who have chosen to be in the relationship. We as Americans should bring equality back because if rights can be taken away from them the certain rights are being taken away from everyone. By legalizing same sex marriage wont cause harm to the government but only socially broaden the minds for the future generations. The sex of a couple does not determine whether a marriage can be considered legal or not. Marriage should be seen as a bond between lovers but instead, laws have inhibited this freedom. If the government can control marriage then there are reasons to believe the government has taken advantage of its power.