Fundamental Liberties: In Support of Gay Marriage

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One of the central premises that the nation in which we live and that we protect was built upon centuries ago is basing judgment on reason and logic, rather than religion and tradition. This is clearly evident in our current separation of church and state, our legal system, and even in our Constitution. Every single civil controversy in American history has been settled through commonsensical and legally-sound reasoning, instead of referencing the Bible or looking at what Americans did in years past. This method of judging an issue undoubtedly also extends to the concern of gay marriage. The reasons for legalizing gay marriage include the fact that homosexuals' current status is unequal to that of ordinary American citizens, and also that homosexuals are denied many rights because they are not considered legally married to their partners. Both of these reasons point to the fact that fundamentally un-American ideals are present in our thinking, and therefore must be eradicated.

The arguments of homosexual marriage protestors include the deconstruction of the familial unit, and that homosexual marriages offer nothing to society because they are childless. When these arguments are analyzed logically, they, too, turn out to be completely erroneous. Clearly, basing any decision concerning homosexual marriage upon logic and reasoning will certainly yield the conclusion that it must be legalized.

The implication of homosexuals' current marital status is that people are somehow not entitled to marry another person of the same sex simply because "marriage has historically required a male partner and a female partner"; history alone, however, cannot be the sole basis for such a momentous verdict (Stoddard 738). Indeed, if the legal status of citizens concerning such aspects as the freedom to marry whomever the citizen chooses rested on history alone, mixed-race marriages would still be barred from the country,