Kate Lai         

January 15th, 2018



Same Sex Marriage Be Legal in The United States?


LGBTQ community has been fighting for years for gay rights, specifically the
right to marry, and now it’s finally legal as of 2015. Two men or two women who
love each other want to have the rights to marry and everything that comes with
marriage, but because of laws and conflicts in the United States, these couples
are not able to do that. Imagine you’ve been with this person almost your
entire life, this person makes you happy and both of  you want to get married, the country won’t
allow it as it may “affect the community” or “mess with the system”. How would
you feel if almost everyone judged you while you walked around with the person
you love? The person you wish to spend the rest of your life with, and people
don’t accept you and discriminate you for it. Well, many gay couples have to
face the difficulties of not having the rights they deserve and being
discriminated from the society that we are all living in. Gay couples should be
treated no differently than every other couple and they should have all the
rights to marry each other, benefitting them with basic rights as well. Although
some people think that same sex marriage interferes with children’s upbringing,
same sex marriage allows children and everyone to be more accepting and it also
allows gay couples to have both basic human and legal rights.


same sex marriage allows gay couples to have basic human rights. Gay people are
equal to everyone else and should be treated the same way. They should have all
the same rights because they shouldn’t be seen as any lower than other people.

As stated in the United States Declaration of Independence, “All men are
created equal.” This means that whether or not you are gay or straight, we are
all created equal and every person deserves the same human rights has everyone
else. The basic right to love should be available to everyone in the country.

If someone loves someone else, they have the right to love them, be with them,
and marry them. Another human right is the right of sexual orientation and
gender identity, basically stating that everyone has the right to label
themselves as a gender they would like to be and everyone can have their own
sexual orientation, no matter people around them accept it or not. Regarding
all this, same sex marriage should be legal in the United States because
everyone has rights and they deserve it as well.

In addition to the
benefit of human rights, by allowing same sex marriage to be legal, same sex
couples will also have the legal rights all married couples receive. The first
out of many legal rights you can get when you are married is visiting your spouse in a hospital ICU (intensive care unit) or
during restricted visiting hours. Imagine your significant other in the
hospital and you aren’t allowed to go visit them when they are in an ICU or if
visiting hours in the hospital are over. Imagine the feeling of worrisome not
being able to see them when they are in ICU. Many non-married gay couples have
to go through this because they aren’t allowed to get married and get those
rights, therefore, they are not allowed to visit their significant other in the
hospital. You also get death benefits when you marry someone. When your spouse
passes away, you have the right to make burial and other kinds of final
arrangements. They can also inherit your money, valuables, companies, real
estate, etc. If you weren’t married, then your partner wouldn’t be able to make
decisions about what to do with your property after your death, including decisions
like a funeral. Furthermore, married couples can also have family benefits. For
example, married couples can apply for a joint adoption. Adoption is a big part
of same sex couples that want to start a family. Other legal rights same sex
couples and all couples would get if they got married are housing benefits,
such as living in neighborhoods that are “families only” which could benefit children’s
childhoods, also consumer benefits like receiving family rates for insurance
and receiving tuition discounts and being allowed to use school facilities.

Moreover, married couples can take family leave from their jobs to care for
their partner if they’re sick, as well as take bereavement leave if their
spouse or relative die. In addition, they can also receive Social Security,
Medicare, and disability benefits for spouses and create a family partnership
under federal tax laws which allows couples to divide business income among
family members. Because of the legal rights married couples get, same sex
marriage should be legal in the United States so that same sex couples can have
the legal rights that married couples are supposed to have.


people seem to think that same sex marriage shouldn’t be legal in the United
States because it interferes with children’s upbringing. It could potentially
confuse the child to the point where they are unsure of their sexuality. Many
people think this is a negative when in reality this is a positive. It is good
for children to question themselves, unless it reaches a point where they doubt
themselves. According to the American Physiological Association (APA), in 2005,
“not a single study has found children of lesbian or gay couples to be
disadvantaged in any significant respect relative to children or heterosexual
parents.” By a young child being around gay couples, it can actually benefit
them so they are raised to be more accepting and open to same sex couples. If a
child is exposed to different couples and the community around them accepts it
as well, they won’t discriminate people in general, including the LGBTQ
community.  Not only do the young kids of
the country become more accepting, but everyone would become more accepting as
well. The community will start to adapt themselves to these “different” kinds
of couples and if more and more people are open to gay marriage and gay
couples, then soon same sex couples will be just like every other couple and
will be treated the way they deserve to be treated. Therefore, same sex
marriage doesn’t affect a child’s upbringing but instead it benefits the child
and the community around them.


is the second leading cause of teen death in the United States. LGBTQ suicide
attempts have declined after same sex marriage became legal in the United
States, when before, according to Liberty Press, 29% of LBGTQ teens attempted
suicide, when only 6% of straight teens do. The main reason to these suicide
attempts are because these homosexual teenagers are being discriminated and
made fun of by their peers around them, no matter it be at school or at home.

Imagine the amount of pain you’d have to go through to attempt to kill
yourself, imagine how alone some of these teens feel and how they feel like
they have nothing to live for anymore. By legalizing same sex marriage in the
United States, suicide rates went down because people started to become more
accepting. To tie everything together, same sex marriage should be legal in the
United States because everyone should be treated equal and no one should be
discriminated for being different and in a same sex relationship. It allows gay
couples to have human rights and legal rights, and it also opens up the
public’s  view, therefore, there would be
less discrimination towards gay people.


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