Is America A Battle For Equality

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Land of the Free? A Battle for Equality America is a land of dreams. America is a land of riches. America is a land of plenty. American is a land of happiness. But, America is a land of inequality. Founded on justice, liberty, and equivalence, this great nation now denies citizens basic civil rights. The United States has a controversial past filled with stories of injustice, hate, and prejudice, but it has overcome these setbacks to lead the nation into a brighter future. From the emancipation of slaves to the civil rights movement, America has stepped onto the path of equality for every citizen. However, this is only limited to a certain few that the United States government has deemed socially acceptable. According to journalist Ramon…show more content…
The Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, or GLAD, writes that, “for hundreds of years, married women had no independent legal existence: they could not make contracts, maintain their own names, file lawsuits, have full ownership and control of property… however, both the courts and the legislature have changed marriage laws have changed to reflect the equality of spouses.” For a long time, marriage was not equal between a man and a woman as the male was thought of as the governing one who controlled the family and made the decisions. Now, not only is marriage equal between spouses, but the woman in many cases is the dominant one who guides because the family dynamic changed when females started entering the workforce. Also, one can hypothesize that marriage has lost it sacrament, and the union is mainly used as a means of economic benefit. The divorce rate is skyrocketing; one out two couples will most likely divorce. Writer McKinley Irvin writes that “in America, there is one divorce every 13 seconds. That’s 6,646 divorces per day, and 46,523 divorces per week. The average length of a marriage that ends in divorce is eight years.” If marriage is so sacred, why is this religious bonding constantly breaking? Also, Irvin found that only 1% of same sex marriages end in divorce every year while a straight…show more content…
The government has laws that married couples are entitled which includes protection and federal rights. According to the Human Rights Campaign, “There are 1,138 benefits, rights and protections provided on the basis of marital status in Federal law… the Defense of Marriage Act defines ‘marriage’ as only a legal union between one man and one woman, same-sex couples -even if legally married in their state - will not be considered spouses for purposes of federal .” For example, a spouse can receive social security payments from their diseased partner which is the basic support for many elderly Americans. However, this privilege does not include same-sex couples who can save for their whole life and still not receive the same benefits regardless of the commitment. The government is also shortcoming same-sex couples with regards to taxes in the U.S. The IRC, or the Internal Revenue Code, “exempts amounts transferred to a surviving spouse from the decedent’s taxable estate. For same-sex couples who are legally barred from marriage, this exemption is not available,” (“Federal Rights”). This means that homosexual partners cannot exempt estate taxes that heterosexual couples can which is not equal. The government should offer protection for every citizen because it promotes the marriage that America is equal for

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