Homosexual Couples Must Be Allowed to Marry

"I do." Two simple words that can change lives. For most people, the phrase conjures up images of a man and a woman being joined in marriage. But for gays and lesbians, having the chance to legally say "I do" is a far-off dream, not a reality. For years in other countries, same-sex couples have had their marriages federally recognized, but the unions of American homosexuals still go unrecognized by the United States government. Same-sex marriages deserve to be legalized in this country. Homosexual couples should be entitled to the same rights as heterosexual couples.

First, look at the issue in purely a legal fashion. A legally recognized marriage enacts hundreds of state and literally thousands of federal laws and benefits. These benefits, including social security, inheritance rights, child custody, and health care, are available only to people who are legally married. By United States law, the only people able to receive a marriage license are heterosexual couples.

Gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgendered people are human beings just like those who are heterosexual. People should not be given rights based on what their sexual orientation is; they should be given rights just for the fact that they are people. The United States is known throughout the world for being free and if this is true then everybody should have equal rights. Sometimes it seems as if we are reverting back in history when interracial marriages were the topic of discussion, people were against interracial marriages because they just didn\'t understand. Now, people are against same-sex marriages. The United States is denying two people who love each other the right to legally be married.

There is only one bottom line for the reason gay and lesbian marriages should be recognized under the law, they are just as equal as any other person. Gays and lesbians are people who pay taxes, serve in the military and are active in the government. It is simple just allow them their rights as citizens of the United States, which they were born with. A few years down the line this will be a topic which is rarely talked about because gays and lesbians will be allowed the rights to have same-sex marriages.

There are many communities across the nation who have legislated same-sex domestic partner ordinances. Throughout the nineties same-sex marriages were in fact being considered in many states. Gays and lesbians want more than just having their marriages accepted by the law, they also would like to have the same benifits as heterosexual marriages. If two people are legally married then they are allowed with there spouse, health insurance benefits, tax exemptions, home ownership, child custody, insurance benefits, medical decisions and much more. Vermont guarantees such rights. These are guaranteed to heterosexuals once they are legally married in a state.

Since gay and lesbian marriages are not accepted by the law, there are many rights denied to them. Visiting a loved one in the hospital, applying for immigration, social security benefits, death benefits if a life partner dies, joint parenting, adoption, foster care, custody and child visitations are just a few of the rights that are not given to gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgendered partnerships. The constitution states that "All men are created equal." If this were true then this would not even be a debate, gay and lesbian marriages would be recognized by the law. And yet another stereotypical comment is that if we allow gays and lesbians to marry then this is going to bring to a downfall of all types of marriages across the nation.

There are those who feel that by allowing same-sex marriages then the government would eventually allow incest and polygamy. The government knows exactly what they are doing and they would never allow something so extraordinarily wrong as incest or polygamy to take place. They know when to draw the line. Peoples\' reasoning behind these statements is the fact that they are scared of what they do not know nor completely understand. The truth is if they had more information and more knowledge on the topic then I think that they may in fact hold a different opinion.