Gay Marriage Essay

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Gay Marriage Amanda Tolland SOC: Introduction to ethics & Responsibility Instructor: Wolfe Brandon 01/02/2012 When two people any two people are in love, they should be able to openly express their love for each other by becoming married. However, not everyone is legally able to get married. A love shared by two people of the same sex cannot be binding because of petty laws that prohibit gay and lesbian couples to get married. It is ridiculous that two people in love cannot get married and commit to a lifetime together if they are of the same sex. Love is love many people in today's society believe gay and lesbian marriage is wrong and if you are one of them, I am here to convince you otherwise. Gay marriage ensures homosexual couples the symbolic, financial, and medical benefits that heterosexual couples enjoy. When two people are married, they are taking a vow in front of witnesses, claiming that they will be with each other for the rest of their lives. They proclaim and express their love openly as a sign of commitment to each other. Marriage is a very symbolic gesture, and to take that privilege away from two people who are in love is a serious problem. There are pros and also cons against gay marriage and I am going to talk about them. The pros to why we should legalize gay marriage. Denying them is a violation of religious freedom (civil and religious marriages are two separate institutions). The main reason that people are denying the same sex marriage is because people think it is a sin to marry someone of the same sex. The next pro is Marriage benefits (such as joint ownership, medical decision-making capacity) should be available to all. They should have a right to file their taxes together because they are married just like it is for a man and woman to file their taxes together. Another pro is that Denying these marriages is a

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