Same-Sex Marriage: A Right For The Rite.
Marriage is much more than merely a commitment to love one another. Marriage entitles financial responsibility, as well as authorized financial benefits. It is the institution that provides automatic legal protection for the spouse, including medical visitation, inheritance of a deceased spouse's property, as well as pension and other rights. Society has become accustom to what they believe is "normal" by their traditions and religious beliefs. Many people believe that same-sex marriage is not "normal." The simple fact is that banning same-sex marriage is discrimination. Marriage is a basic human right and an individual personal choice. Therefore, the State should not interfere with same-gender couples who choose to marry and share fully and equally in the rights, responsibilities, and commitment of civil marriage. Same-sex unions must be legalized in the United States to ensure equality for all, recognize the validity of homosexual love and grant spousal rights for partners. .
Throughout history homosexuals have been discriminated against. Minority groups have always bore the brunt of discrimination and social exclusion from mainstream society. The people of Jewish, African American, Hispanic, and Asian descent have all been persecuted and discriminated for years because of their physical, social, and cultural differences. Likewise, the emergence of homosexuals which are deemed as a minority group, have experienced a lesser degree of hardships ranging from legal exclusion to social unrest. Brutal physical attacks, hurtful name-calling, and rejection from community events are just a few of the forms of discrimination imposed upon homosexuals and their children. .
Prohibiting marriage among minorities throughout history was a way of dehumanizing these groups. Marriage among minorities has come a long way in becoming accepted as "normal" in the eyes of society.