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Why shouldn’t gays be allowed to marry. Ask that question and you will get many varied answers. But the fact is none of them hold water. "They won’t produce children." So what, straight couples will continue to produce children. "Gay marriages will put heterosexual marriages in jeapordy." What a crock, how can gays do that. Why not allow our fellow citizins all the rights they are entitled to under our constitution. Why wait until your son or daughter comes to you and says, Mom and Dad I’m gay. I hope I’m not mistaken to think that parents want their gay children to be treated equal to heterosexuals.

 

Marriage is a venture where two adults join together in mutual aspirations and establish an investment in the community and society. The fact that gays want to join this society and make the investment should be no surprise. The institution of marriage has widespread acceptance throughout the world, so why should society object to gays joining the community in its ideals. In fact they should not. Society should be happy to take them in.

Our American principles are based on the idea of all people having equal rights. Finally reaching that goal will be a milestone when gays can enjoy the prosperity and comfort of marriage the same as straight couples. The Declaration of Independence reads;

We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty,and the pursuit of Happiness.

Laws and court decisions have made it clear that persons of all races, religions, and gender have equal rights under the law. It should be clear that the same protection applies to those who differ on their sexual orientation. I don’t understand the discrimination against good, hard working citizens on that basis. The only reason I can see is narrow closed minds.

Federal and state laws have given a few rights to gay couples but it varies from state to state and almost always denies gays the right to marry. We need all states to recognize the right of couples to marry regardless of gender.

The United States Supreme Court has held that marriage is a fundamental right we have under the constitution. It’s our fundamental right to form a social partnership, to create a lasting bond with the person we love. Marriage is recognized by the government as a privileged and respected status, entitled to the state’s support and benefits. What then, is the reason to deny any of our citizens the right to that status? The reasons I hear given are not convincing.

Preventing gays from marrying is certainly not going to hurt the birth rate. Heterosexuals are going to continue to have children. That idea cannot be taken seriously. We don’t prevent prison inmates, old people, or those who don’t intend to have children from marrying. And I don’t see how gay marriages can hurt heterosexual marriages. I’ve yet to hear that one explained.

The simple fact is, there is no good reason to prevent gays from marrying. It’s their right under the Constitution. No matter what your opinion is, a good percentage of our doctors, pharmacists, nurses, teachers, policemen, fire fighters, soldiers, librarians,and persons of any profession you can think of are gay. They are our sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, and our children. Let’s give them all a break and include them in the family.

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