Marriage has been a part of life since before the medieval times. For two people who love each other and plan on spending the rest of their lives together, the natural instinct is to make it legal and get married. This being said same sex marriage has been widely discussed and debated on if it should be legalized or not. It is discriminating not to allow two people who want to get married just because they are homosexual. Legalizing same sex marriage would recognize the American dream of equal rights for all. Marriage brings legal rights that protect a couple that if not married, they should not have. On the other hand, some argue that homosexual marriage may cause disorder to raise a child and disrupt the natural biological procreation of mankind.
Marriage is a commitment that two people make to each other in which they share their lives and become like one. When the decision is made to be married, neither race nor religion is questioned. However, your sexual orientation is. Imagine the hardships that a homosexual must overcome throughout their entire life. Growing up feeling different than the majority of their peers because they feel attracted to the same sex is difficult. The feeling of inequality is already present because at a young age and throughout life, the feeling of being different and not accepted as you are being overbearing. Once open about their sexuality, not being able to have the same rights as their neighbors, co-workers, family to get married to someone they love and cherish is unjustifiable. It is everyone's desire to share their best and worst moments in life with those they love. The issue of a person's sexual orientation should not be an issue. All men are created equal, so the right to marry should also be the same (Brumbaugh, 345).
When married, certain legal benefits are available. Not allowing same sex marriage denies a couple to these certain benefits. The case in Florida is a perfect example of such benefits that are denied. A lesbian couple, of 18 years, was on vacation when one of the women collapsed and was rushed to the hospital. The other was denied access to visit her dying partner in the hospital because she was not acknowledged like a family member. If they were able to marry, this would not have been the case. Legalizing same sex marriage would allow each couple to be on the same health plan as well as claim rights to belongings and inheritance. If married heterosexual couples have these rights, so should homosexual couples (Brumbaugh, 345).
In opposition, it is argued that allowing same sex marriages would change the nature of parenthood. Marriage is seen not only as a commitment of two people, but also as a form of procreation. It is a known fact that in order to procreate, both a man and woman are needed. It is disputed that by allowing same sex couples to marry would also allow ...