Debate: Pro-Gay Marriage Argument.

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Imagine being told by your state that you couldn't marry the person you loved. This is an issue that gay couples have to face in the U.S. Ask around and nearly everyone will say that they're in favor of equal rights for homosexuals. They'll all say yes, gays should have the same rights in housing, jobs, public accommodations, and should have equal access to government benefits, equal protection of the law, et cetera. Get to the issue of gay marriage however, and that's where the issue of equality stops. Nearly three out of four people in the U.S. oppose gay marriage, which is nearly proportional to the people who support gay rights. It's about time society supports real family values, no matter what the family looks like.

Everyone has the right to be happy. Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are our natural rights guaranteed to us in the Constitution.

Who are we to prevent someone from being happy? Just because they are of a different sexual orientation, it does not mean that they don't feel the same emotions we do. In all other respects they are exactly the same. Why treat them like they're different and deserve any less than we do? They have the right to marry whomever they choose and to raise a family; they are no less human then the rest of us.

The opposition to gay marriages ultimately comes from homophobia in American culture, borne out of religious prejudice. While many do not realize the degree of this problem, it is a very real part of a gay person's life, just like racism is a very real part of some of our lives.

I can go on and on and show how the arguments against gay marriage don't hold up. Many of the reasons...