Same-Sex Marriage: Why I Believe It Should Be Legalized
A Matter Of Equality, Morality, and Love
Let me start out by saying I believe that same-sex marriage should be legalized. When it comes to the conversation of religion, I think that all God cares about is that the two people that are about to wed are in love and that they are kind and respectful to one another. Also, I don’t believe that it is anyone’s place to say who should or should not get married and I do not think it’s up to us to judge others.
Additionally, I know people who are homosexual and they are good people. Those who are gay are no better or worse than people who are straight. Sexual orientation does not dictate whether or not someone has good morals or not; instead we have to look at ourselves and how we treat others. How can we say that it is wrong for two people of the same sex to marry when we are the ones judging people solely on their sexual preferences?
I also believe that those who are homosexual have no choice in the matter; they feel how they feel. Love is a very important emotion and who are we to stop two people who are in love from sharing their lives together? Even if I were to believe that God looked down on homosexuals (which I don’t), I am not God, I cannot make those decisions.
Additionally, some people feel that two men or two women shouldn’t be able to adopt. One reason that many individuals feel this way is because they think that a child should have both a mother and father. While this may be true, there are many children that are raised by a single parent and single parenting if done correctly can be successful. Isn’t it even better though that the child have two good parents rather than one? I am not saying that all gay couples make good parents, just as I don’t think all heterosexual couples do. What I do believe is that homosexual couples have just as much potential when it comes to being amazing parents as heterosexual couples do.
Also, there is the argument that couples are meant to have children through natural birth and that since homosexual couples cannot do so, they should not be able to marry. What about couples that are straight but decide not to have children? What about couples of the opposite sex that simply can’t have children? Why is it that we feel sorry for those who cannot naturally have children if they are heterosexual, but if they are homosexual, it’s a whole different story?
To return to the topic of religion, many people argue that the Bible is pro heterosexual marriage and anti-homosexual marriage. Now I’m not going to lie and say I’ve read the entire Bible, in fact I haven’t read much of it and I’m not proud about it. However, I don’t believe that in the Bible God ever stipulated that same-sex marriage was wrong and even if He did, who says that everything in the Bible is to be taken literally? Yes, some people do believe that every word in the Bible is to be taken word for word, but even if that is the case, God does not tell us to judge homosexuals.
Another thing I’d like to touch upon is the fact that in the world today, there are so many more things to be concerned about than who marries whom. Think about it. We have people who are bringing guns to school and killing their classmates and teachers, we have wars, we have people being hurt every single day. We have women who are being beaten by their husbands and even worse, staying together with them instead of breaking away. We have so many things that we should be working hard to solve and instead so much of the world is focusing on hating and judging others purely because they are different from themselves.
In the end, we’re all the same. Just as it is wrong to judge a person based on the color of their skin and to take away their rights as an individual, it is wrong to take away the rights of a homosexual individual and a homosexual couple. Instead of treating homosexuals differently from heterosexuals, we should be happy for anyone that finds someone they love enough to pledge to be with them for the rest of their lives.