A civil right is, “the rights that every person should have regardless of his or her sex, race, or religion.” By denying homosexuals the right to marry, aren’t we in fact saying they are not people? Same-sex marriage should be legal nationally, because this should be a civil right, that could have several economic benefits, and the government should not be allowed to use religion as a basis for citing new laws.
According to an article I read in the Huffington Post, by Nigel Barber, “marriage was introduced to theology in an improbable way by St. Paul who asserted that it is better to marry than to burn.” Theorizing that, St. Paul probably considered marriage as an act to protect against sin; instead of an individual right to sexual and emotional fulfillment of marriage. Translation, in the civil era, this equates the right to marry with the right to vote. So in essence, depriving homosexuals of the right to marry equates to denying African American’s the right to vote, or marry outside of their race.
I only feel that homosexuals are being discriminated against every day.
More importantly are the economic benefits of legalizing same-sex marriage. Based on a 2004 analyses from the Congressional Budget Office it is estimated that legalizing same-sex marriage nationally would have a “small, net benefit to the national budget’s bottom line.” As well as bringing in $20 to $40 million dollars more per year in taxes. Bloomberg’s Josh Barro claims that marriage makes people more financially stable, therefore less likely to qualify for government assistance. Further stating, that legalizing same-sex marriage would save the government hundreds of millions per year in welfare funding.
Furthermore, the government should not be able to hide behind religious parties as a basis for citing and enacting new laws. If the government can take the “Pledge of Allegiance” out of our schools, and add religious holidays that are not Christian in origin; then how can they base not legalizing same-sex marriage for religious reasons? Correct me if I’m wrong, but didn’t Churches state that Divorce is also a sin? Yet, citizens’ are permitted to get a divorce anytime they see fit, for whatever explanations they choose.
I cannot relate to this matter on a personal level, other than the fact that I have several gay/lesbian friends. I only feel that homosexuals are being discriminated against every day, while the government is making new laws to help further the discrimination; when in fact they should be creating new laws to stop the discrimination.
The new law passed in Indiana is the first law to openly admit to discriminating against homosexuals. Allowing businesses to deny services to gays/lesbians based on their religious beliefs that it is wrong. This is in direct contradiction of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America. What happened to everyone will be treated equally among the eyes of the law? This is why I firmly believe that same-sex marriage should legalized nationally, then all citizens can benefit from these new unions.
1) Barber, N. (2013). Is Gay marriage a Civil Right? Retrieved from The Huffington Post: www.huffingtonpost.com/nigel-barber/is-gay-marriage-a-civil-r_b_3202695.html
2) Berman, J. (2013). 8 Ways Legalizing Same Sex Marriage Is Good For The Economy. Retrieved from The Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/15/same-sex-marriage-economy_n_3267725.html