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The Benefits of Same-Sex Marriage

            "The battle over gay marriage has been waged for more than a decade, but within the last six months--since California legalized gay marriage and then, with a ballot initiative in November, amended its Constitution to prohibit it-the debate has grown into a into a full-scale war, with religious-rhetoric slinging to match" (Miller 570). .
             Arguments both for and against same-sex marriage vary widely from person to person, but I believe same-sex marriage potentially benefits the American population in a multitude of ways. The three main reasons for legalizations of gay marriage in the United States: gay couples adopt children that would otherwise be in foster care, marriage is a freedom of expression and a right to all United States citizens as described by the Declaration of Independence, and revenue from gay marriage would help the state government financially.
             Every year in the United States, parent(s) and child protective services place hundreds, if not thousands, of children into foster care facilities. .
             Parents give their children up to these facilities for many reasons. Some parents give their children up because they are not responsible enough, while other parents are simply not financially stable enough to support their children. Child protective services intervene when parents keep their children in unsafe living conditions or when child services deem the parents are unfit to properly care for their child. Many times, foster care facilities are less hospitable than the unfit homes the government took the children out of whether from abuse or drug ridden households; under these inhospitable circumstances is when child protective services come in and remove the children from their homes.
             Since marriage is a right people have as a part of the pursuit of happiness as described by the Deceleration of Independence, restricting marriage to certain groups of people violates freedom of speech and expression.

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