a. Attention Getter: We allow murders, rapists, child abusers, dead beat dads, sadists, masochists, fetishists, HIV-infected people, transvestites, and transsexuals to marry. Why then do we deprive homosexuals to marry?
b. Credibility: Because of the discrimination I have witnessed toward my future mother-in-law, who is a lesbian, I feel it is my responsibility to share with you why she and others deserve equal treatment under the law.
c. Link to Audience: If the government is allowed to discriminate based on what they feel as moral, what are their boundaries? Where are they going to stop? I certainly do not want my day-to-day life to be regulated based on governmental morale.
d. Same-Sex marriages should be legalized in the United States.
e. Main Points: I intend to explain why homosexuals should be granted the same right to marry as every other citizen is entitled to by examining three main arguments:
i. Refuting the definitional argument against gay marriages
iii. Recent U.S. Legislation regarding Same-Sex marriages
[Transition: To begin with, I would like to give you some information on the laws that should be enforced to protect homosexuals' equality.]
The Equal Protection Clause and Due Process Clause can be used for legal arguments to guarantee rights to gays and lesbians.
ii) In Canada, British Columbia, and many other foreign countries, same-sex marriages are legal.
[Transition: One reason same-sex marriages have not been legalized is because of the legal definition of marriage. Marriage is defined as between one man and one woman in order to create a family, and allowing same-sex marriage would be oxymoronic.]
b. Refuting the definitional argument against gay marriages
i) Definition links marriage to the procreation of children
ii) This automatically denies homosexuals for obvious reasons.