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The Issue of Gay Marriages

            The issue of gay marriages and gay rights in general, is a major one in the upcoming 2004 election. The issue of gay marriages is important to me for a couple reasons. First, because I have grown up with my uncle in a gay relationship ever since I can remember. Secondly, the issue is one that, for most people, though they would argue differently, isn't an issue of right or wrong, but what makes them feel uncomfortable.
             The issue of gay marriages is a very controversial one, for obvious reasons. It makes people uncomfortable, it is not the "norm", and to many people it is immoral. However, there are valid arguments on both sides of the issue. People for the legalization of gay marriages argue that denying gays these marriage rights is a violation of religious freedom, that state and church are supposed to be separate. Another argument is that marriage benefits should be available to all couples, gay or straight. They also argue that by denying these marriages they are discriminating against a minority. There are arguments opposing the gay marriage issue, as well. People against the legalization of gay marriages argue that most religions consider homosexuality a sin. They also dispute that making gay marriages legal would weaken the definition and respect for the institution of marriage as a serious commitment between a man and a woman. Also, they argue is would weaken the traditional family values that are so essential to our society.
             As I view this issue, my standpoint is that gay marriages should be legalized. I believe that a two men have just enough right to marriage as a man and a woman if they love each other and are committed to each other. I also agree with supporters of gay marriage that they, as a couple, have as much right to marriage benefits such as health insurance, and the right to visit one another in the hospital. I also believe that it is discrimination to tell gays that they cannot marry.

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