Should Same-sex Couples Be Able to Marry?

Essay by tommylaiUniversity, Bachelor'sA+, May 2006

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As we all know, same-sex marriage has become common and acceptable by almost all of people around the world. Countries like Belgium, Netherlands and Canada have already legalized homosexual marriage by law. In my opinion, I strongly believe that same-sex couples should be able to marry because as long as they love each other, it is their right to choose whoever they wish to marry, it is the basic of human right.

Firstly, homosexual enable to get married legally since everyone of the world has the free right to make their own destiny. According to Sullivan Andrew, "freedom to marry whoever one want is one of the most fundamental political rights a liberal society offers. It is not a detour from civil rights, not a special right, not an attempt to revolutionize society, but the bedrock of civil equality."(Sullivan Andrew, Liberation) People own free rights to choose who they love and choose who they want to marry.

For homosexual persons, they do not claim any special or additional rights but the observance of the same rights as those of heterosexual persons. There is nothing wrong with gays or lesbians get marriage. As a democratic society, a free marriage right should be offered to homosexual as the same as heterosexual.

Secondly, same-sex couples should get married because they both love each other. Marriage is defined as "a socially approved sexual union between two or more individuals that is undertaken with some idea of permanence."(James W.VanderZanden, structure of the family) and it shows that same sex couples absolutely have right to get married. Psychologists also illustrate that love make marriage different rather than gender. Homosexual may love each other as the same as heterosexual. We can see that obviously from New York City couple Jo-Ann Shain and Mary Jo Kennedy. After...