Same-Sex Marriage Equality Essay

1298 Words Mar 19th, 2010 6 Pages
Same-Sex Marriage Equality There are over 105 million households in the United States today and out of those households, there are over 1.2 million gay people living with same-sex partners (“Census on Gays in America”). This makes the proposed legalization of same-sex marriage one of the most significant issues in contemporary America. It is presently one of the most discussed reforms in law reviews and the American court systems. If legalized, it could be one of the most revolutionary policy decisions in the history of America, along with women’s rights, interracial marriage, and slavery. There are many people who are opposed and feel it is morally and ethically wrong and others who feel that same-sex marriages are acceptable. Prior to …show more content…
It is time for the people of this country to finally recognize and accept gay marriages. In an essay by Thomas Stoddard, he tells the story of a lesbian couple who live their lives in a manner that represents marriage in every facet except legally. This couple is not only missing out on a legal acceptance of their life long bond to one another, but also missing out on a number of financial benefits available to couples of legally accepted marriages. Stoddard tells of a situation where one of the women was involved in a horrible car accident leaving her paralyzed and the parents of the woman stepping in to prevent her partner from gaining guardianship. Nobody should have the right to speak for another person if it is going against their wishes. If someone doesn't agree with couples of the same sex exchanging vows of eternal companionship, that is fine, you have the right to disagree. To totally disallow a same-sex couple of a legal marriage is on a completely different level. In the case of the lesbian couple, we see a woman who loved her partner dearly and displayed every intention of a lifelong partnership and in a blink of an eye it is all taken away by a legal technicality. Stoddard points out some of the benefits and rights that are given to married couples. Some of these being, sharing of an estate, entitlement of life insurance and pension plans, as well as tax advantages. People need to wake up and get past their own moral

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