Support Same-sex marriage!! There are many reasons we should allow same sex marriage.

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How would you react if someone told you that you could not marry your boyfriend or girlfriend because you two have the same gender? You would be super upset, would you? That is how same sex couples feel every day. There are not any good reasons to prevent same sex marriage at all, so I think it should be allow!!

Most heterosexual people assume that homosexuals have a choice about whom they are attracted to, and that a gay person could be heterosexual if they wanted to. In straight people eyes, same sex marriage is unnecessary because homosexuals could become straight and marry a member of the opposite sex. That assumption is false, and will never be true because gay people have about as much choice in whom they are attracted to like the heterosexuals do. Many individuals need to realize that sexual orientation is not a choice, it is characteristic everyone in the world in born with.

You cannot choose which the gender you want to attract. If you tell a gay person to stop being gay and marry a straight person is the same thing as telling an American to stop being white. This is just not going to work and will not happen ever.

Another reason society does not allow same sex marriage is that people believe that homosexuality is merely about sex and is a sexual perversion, and a marriage based on sex would never last. The problem with that belief is that homosexuality is much more about love and affection than it is about sex. Sexual orientation is about who the person is, their identity, who they love. Gays want a way to publicly acknowledge their love for one another, and marriage is the way. Sex is just a tiny part of the whole.

In addition, people are misunderstanding why same-sex people want to get married and heterosexual people do not want homosexuals to marry is simply discrimination. The United States Constitution says, "All men are created equal". That statement is not true if some people are not permitted to marry whom they want or whom they love. Another way that it is discrimination is whenever people who oppose same sex marriage say that marriage is a special right. A special right? For who? Denying someone one of his or her rights is a form of discrimination. Besides, ninety percent of the US population has this right to marry, so I would hardly call it a special right. What makes extending this right to the other 10% of the population a special right? The answer is nothing. It is a weak argument against the same-sex marriages.

Another reason same sex couple want to get married is that they want to have the same rights as all other married couples. By not allowing homosexual couples to marry, people are denying them rights so that others can take advantage of them if they choose to marry. Without marriage, gays and lesbians do not have the right to do many things, such as change names, enter into a premarital agreement, and divide property after the relationship has ended, in vitro fertilization coverage, and no right to support from spouse or after divorce. Homosexual couples also do not have the right to visit a partner in the hospital because they are not family. No one should have to suffer or die without being able to see a loved one. I believe homosexual couples should have the same rights as everyone else.

People say homosexual marriages should no be allowed because marriage is defined as one man and one woman and gays are not included in the definition. Marriage is not one certain idea or thing. It means many things to different kind of people. Some people believe that marriage is an institution between a man and a woman and is for procreation only. Since homosexual people should not be able to marry because they cannot have children without some form of outside help. If that idea was true, then if one of the individuals in a marriage became infertile, then that couple need to divorce because they are not able to have children! Usually, married couples do not get divorce just because one is unable to have children, so that argument is very weak. In addition, homosexual couples would relieve the adoption problem, which is a benefit of same sex marriage.

Unfortunately, homosexuals cannot adopt without being married, which brings me to the objection that same sex couples are not ideal for raising children. Who thought of that? Are they going to make the children gay too? First, you cannot make someone gay, and secondly, gay couples are just as capable of fully loving children as anyone else. Studies have proven that children raised by same sex couples turn out the same as those raised by heterosexual couples.

One final reason that people are against same-sex marriage is that they are uncomfortable with homosexuality, and the Bible says that gay relationships are wrong and immoral. The Bible has absolutely no standing in American law. In fact, the Constitution guarantees freedom of religion, so Christians may be against same-sex marriage, but not everyone in America is Christian. If they cannot marry because the Bible says so, the public is forcing religion onto gay people, and they might not be Christian or any other religious at all.

In conclusion, there are many reasons to allow same sex marriage. Not even one of the reasons that I could find to prevent marriage was very strong. Everyone in the world should have the right to marry, and homosexuals should be included because they are human beings too.