Same-sex Marriage: Equal right

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The issue of homosexuality has been brought to society's attention on more than one occasion, and still remains unresolved. Decision of marriage in the State constitution as a marriage only between male and female clearly advocates discrimination. The homosexual community should receive the same rights as the heterosexual community, thus the laws should relate to all of the society. By thoroughly researching the laws in relation to the homosexual community, it has been noticeable that homosexuals do not receive the same recognition as heterosexuals. Though same-sex relationship recognition in Canada has developed as a result of legislation, when dealing with benefits and adoption, homosexuals are still not granted full equality in regards to marriage. There have been many court casing which challenge the definition of "spouse," Bills that have been passed, obligation and rights have been granted, yet still, full equality for homosexuals has not been obtained. The decision of San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom to allow the city courthouse to issue same-sex marriage certificates on Feb 12 in what some are calling an at of civil disobedience is positive step towards equality for homosexuals.

While the society and the law are still discriminatory against the homosexual community, gays and lesbians have come along way, considering that people had once gone to jail for being a homosexual. Just over thirty years ago homosexuals were not even really classified as human, but "inhuman," and "unnatural" (Gay Parents: Time Magazine. 20,1993). Homosexual were once literally fighting for their freedom, and now homosexuals are fighting for the right to be legally married, and obtain all the benefits and obligations that opposite-sex couples share.

On the other hand, many of the same people who are even passionately in favor of gay rights still oppose the legalization of same-sex marriage. This is...