In order to make our country truly the “United” States of America, it should be that everyone is allowed to be “united” in their relationships too; same-sex marriage should be allowed because the statement about “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” was created for all humans, not just the few who are considered “normal.”
Same-sex couples deserve the same basic rights that all other couples have. Marriage is an important part of that. Marriage is important because it gives a couple benefits that they wouldn’t have otherwise. A married couple can file taxes together, can receive Social Security, Medicare, and disability benefits for their spouses, can obtain insurance benefits through their spouse's employer, can file for stepparent or joint adoption, and can get many other benefits that unmarried couples can’t. Right now, thirteen states (CA, CT, DE, IA, ME, MD, MA, MN, NH, NY, RI, VT, and WA) and the District of Columbia allow same-sex couples to get married. If Washington D.C., the capital of the United States, says it’s legal, isn’t it the logical thing to do to legalize it country-wide?
More and more people are changing their views on same-sex marriage. Many celebrities are now openly expressing their support for gay rights. One example is Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, who wrote their song “Same Love” about gay rights and their support. Tegan and Sara, an indie band, showed their support by basing their performance at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas on equality. Lea Michele, Jennifer Lopez, John Stamos, Fergie, Ben Affleck, Russell Brand, and Shania Twain are all supporters too, shown by their posts on various social media about their opinions.
Another reason to support same-sex marriage is the fact that no one would wish injustice on themselves and their relationships. If a person, for instance, loves another person, whether homosexually or heterosexually, they would be devastated if it was illegal to be with that person. Or, if they fought as hard as they could to be with that person, only to find that the world still frowned upon the relationship, they would be extremely frustrated and basically at a loss. What does one do in that situation? Do they leave the person and move on or fight? Almost everyone would fight for their rights. If people don’t wish that situation or those feelings on themselves, then they have absolutely no reason to push them onto someone else, especially an innocent person with no relation to them; it is simply ignorant to think that one person deserves any less than another, and it’s a nescient thought that there is a need to make others suffer for one’s own gain. If those ideas aren’t acknowledged, the person isn’t looking at the big picture.
Some people say that gay people aren’t the same as everyone else, and that they are actually inferior. The truth is that most of the time you can’t tell a gay person from a straight person. They are exactly the same in the sense that they are both human and both deserving of their rights. Therefore same-sex couples are exactly the same as opposite-sex couples in the sense that they both have two people who care about each other, and both have two normal people who, as was said before, deserve their rights: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
If you wouldn’t want you, your spouse, your children, your friends, ect. treated unfairly, why would you want anyone else to be treated that way? Everyone was created the same way and was designed to be equal in the world; everyone was born and raised and exists in nearly the same fashion. In an equal country with equal people, a “united” country such as us, every person deserves to love and be loved, and to show that love. Marriage is a right, not a selective privilege. It is inclusive, not exclusive. A person with a different preference shouldn’t be treated as a person with a disease, which is not to say that a diseased person should be treated differently. Everyone in the world should be treated equally, as they were made.
As my last statement, I am asking you to support marriage equality, and support the equality of all people, regardless of their personal differences; I am asking you to make our country whole and truly united. The total number of gay couples in the U.S. is 594,391, and that’s 594,391 couples who will eventually have the same rights as straight couples. They say that if it doesn’t hurt you to let it be, so let same-sex marriage be.