Same-sex marriage is an individual choice

By Grayce Turnbach
November 17, 2006

No one, not even the government, should begrudge anyone their happiness.

Everyone is entitled to their own happiness whether it is in a heterosexual relationship or a same-sex relationship.

The University of Florida has a website that is called “Gator Gay-Straight alliance.” On this website they have 12 reasons why homosexuality is wrong.

No. 7 says “Gay marriage is not supported by religion. In a theocracy like ours, the values of one religion are always imposed on the entire country. That’s why we only have one religion in America.”

First of all, there is not just one religion in America; there are numerous religious communities who have different beliefs. To say such a thing shows ignorance.

There is not one religion that is dubbed “the religion of America,” therefore it’s impossible for an entire country to believe the same thing. If they did, homosexual marriage would not have even been an issue.

I believe that God cares for every individual equally.

A homosexual couple makes the same commitments to each other as heterosexuals couples make in a marriage.

They deserve the same rights and responsibilities that everyone else is entitled to.

“Although we cannot find that a fundamental right to same-sex marriage exists in this state, the unequal dispensation of rights and benefits to committed same-sex partners can no longer be tolerated under our state Constitution,” said Justice Barry T. Albin, a member of New Jersey’s supreme court, on

I do not think that the government should even be allowed to deny homosexuals the right to get married.

Same-sex marriages should be decided by the people, not the courts. We are taking a huge risk by asking the government to control personal relationships.

When two people are in love, they normally end up marrying one another. Is homosexuals’ love any less deserving of the same rights that heterosexuals’ love gets? Absolutely not!

According to, forty-four states have adopted Defense of Marriage laws, which define marriage as solely a heterosexual union. Marriage is a sacrament that two loving people give each other. It’s a bond between two people.

I wish that people would look beyond the surface and maybe then they could realize that homosexuals are capable of the love a man and a woman give to one another. That’s all that matters.

Love comes in many different forms. There is no possible way that love can be defined by one’s sexual preference.

Marriage is a fundamental human right and an individual choice. Who are we to play God and say who has a right to happiness? It doesn’t affect our lives directly. If it makes people uncomfortable, then that’s too bad.

There are a lot of things in this world that people will either accept or disagree with. That’s life. Let homosexuals marry.

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