For years, one of the most controversial subjects in the United States has been the equal treatment of homosexuals, including the right to marry. According to statisticsbrain.com, there are reportedly 594,391 gay couples in the United States and 47% of Americans are against it. Only nine states have actually legalized gay marriage and the gay population is fighting for it in the other 41. Denying same-sex couples the right to marriage is branding gay families as inferior and sends the message that it is acceptable to discriminate them. Two people of the same sex who love each other should be allowed to publicly celebrate their commitment and receive the same benefits of marriage as heterosexual couples; they should not have to fight for their happiness.
The institution of marriage has been traditionally defined as the eloping between a man and a woman, but the world is always changing. This is the 21st century; hardly anything is the same as it used to be. As time goes on, humanity learns to adapt to the new clothing styles, new music and new technology. Older generations are not acclimated to the social acceptance that the 21st century has to offer, so their beliefs are directly influencing the younger generations, allowing them to become ignorant. Many have been brought up to see gay marriage as “not normal.” Because of modern and ancient examples of family arrangements based on polygamy, communal child-rearing, the use of concubines and mistresses and the commonality of prostitution, traditional marriages can hardly be considered normal. In fact, they could be considered unnatural and sickening, much like 47% of Americans consider gay marriage.
For two men to fall in love is just as natural as it is for a man and a woman to fall in love. Some people’s brains are wired differently, causing a mental defect, so they are attracted to the same sex. Why fight that? One cannot help who they fall in love with. Homosexuality is not a choice; it is a biological defect, which has been proven in several studies. Studies show that gay men and straight women have similar size brain halves; whereas, in straight men and lesbian women, the right side was larger than the left. Also, lesbian women and gay men had more connections in the left amygdala than straight men and lesbian women. Scientists at the Monell Center in Pennsylvania found that gay men preferred odors from other gay men, while odors from gay men were least preferred by straight men and women. In fact, Austrian scientists reported that by switching a single gene in the female fruit fly was enough to make her reject male fruit flies and attempt to mate with other females instead.
On the contrary, many believe that homosexuality is a choice. If homosexuality was a choice, why would anyone choose that lifestyle if they know of all the hardships that come with it? Homosexuals are discriminated, beaten and sometimes even murdered because of something they cannot change. In the 1950s, police officers even raped homosexuals, so they felt helpless because even the town heroes were against them. Some people turn gay after they are a victim of a traumatic event, especially molestation or rape, so many believe that they are not born with a genetic defect. These victims have had homosexual genetics since they were in the womb, but the traumatic event triggers it and causes their homosexual tendencies to surface, the same way that people born with depression in their genes commit self-harm or even suicide after traumatic events.
Statistics show that gay marriages have a higher success rate than heterosexual marriages. Massachusetts became the first state to legalize same-sex marriage in 2004 and their divorce rate declined 21% between 2003 and 2008. On the other hand, Alaska, the first state to alter its constitution to prohibit gay marriage in 1998, saw a 17.2% increase in its divorce rate. The seven states with the highest divorce rates between 2003 and 2008 all had constitutional prohibitions to gay marriage.
Many argue that people should not have their tax dollars used towards something that they find wrong. Legalization of gay marriage would entitle them to the typical marriage benefits of claiming a tax exemption for a spouse, receiving social security benefits from a deceased spouse and coverage by a spouse’s health insurance policy. Not only does prohibition of gay marriage go against the Constitution’s commitment to equality and liberty, but gay marriages can actually bring financial gain to both the state and local government. Revenue from gay marriage comes from marriage license, higher income taxes and decreased in costs for state benefit programs. The Comptroller for New York City found that legalizing gay marriage would bring $142 million to the city’s economy and $184 million to the state’s within a three year time span.
Not only would the legalization of same-sex marriage improve the economy, but it would also promote change, assimilation and acceptance, while decreasing the divorce rate. It would be good for our country and help us stand out as the land of the free and a place of acceptance. What would you do if you were forbidden to be with the one you loved? If you were trapped behind a wall blocking you from your happiness? Homosexuals deserve the rights to marry because that is what America is all about: freedom, happiness, equality and diversity.
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