Same Sex Marriage Research Paper

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The Righteousness of Equality
In the United States, there is social unrest regarding the government's decision to prohibit the legalization of same sex marriage. Our modern day society suggest that people should have the ability to express themselves however they deem fit. Yet for gay and lesbian people, the right of same sex marriage is prohibited but should be legalized to grant them the freedom of the many expressive rights that all humans possess. If the legalization of marriage is extended to gay couples, gays would have rights to legally care for loved ones in addition to assist the economy recover and thrive. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights”
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Although Proposition 8 fought for the legalization of gay marriage in the state of California, the public opinion transcends that gay people are discriminated against in terms of equality and expression of happiness. As a journalist from the New York Times, Lou Dematteis stated that in California, “The State’s supreme Court had ruled in May 2008 that a ban on same-sex marriage was discriminatory, and the state began performing them. The ban was restored in a referendum that fall by a ballot measure known as Proposition 8”(Dematteis). As the ban on gay marriage was restored, the public opinion regarding the validity of Proposition 8 and gay marriage are mixed although the rights of marriage should be granted to everyone who wish to marry. In a recent poll done by the website PollingReport.com, the Gallup report surveyed people with the question, "Do you think marriages between same-sex couples should or should not be recognized by the law as valid, with the same rights as traditional marriages?"("Same-Sex Marriage, Gay Rights."). In the responses through the years of survey from November of 2006 to May of 2012,

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