Denying rights to gays illegal and unreasonable
Published: Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Updated: Tuesday, February 14, 2012 20:02
On Feb. 7, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld an earlier ruling that Proposition 8, or Prop 8, was unconstitutional and that same-sex couples should be allowed to enter into a marriage that contains all of the same responsibilities and right of their opposite-sex counterparts.
According to the opinion of the court read by Judge Reinhardt, Proposition 8, more formally known as the California Marriage Protection Act, only served to make homosexual couples lower-class citizens.
The purpose of Prop 8 was to disallow same-sex couples the right to use the designation "marriage" to describe their relationships. Same-sex couples have the right to adopt, share in health care plans, and visitation in medical situations, so why not allow them to use the word marriage?
Many of the homosexual people I know are in committed, monogamous relationships. They work, pay taxes, have children and care for one another. They want to express their feelings for their chosen partners under the eyes of which ever God they choose and under the law.
There should be no reason to deny people that. The only reason that proponents of Prop 8 have for trying to enforce this is to spread hate.
Having a law that forces a segment of society to be looked at differently based on their uniqueness is a discriminate act.
We talk about ending racism and stopping segregation and making sure disabled people are active members of our society, but when two people love each other and want to solidify that bond, people say no?
That is illegal. It violates the rights of every same-sex couple that wants to get married. The court said this. Prop 8 is a violation of the 14th Amendment.
Prop 8 seeks to deprive same-sex couples the right to life, liberty and equal protection under the law. We all have different views and opinions. We all value our rights as Americans.
When will we all understand that it is not our business to judge people for who they feel they truly are? We wouldn't tell opposite-sex couples that they could no longer use the designation of marriage, no matter how much they loved their partners, why should same-sex couples be any different?
It is 2012, my friends. Why don't we just let people who love one another be happy? All same-sex couples want are what opposite-sex couples want.
They want to enjoy the American dream of 2.5 kids, a home, a job and paying some taxes. Stay down Prop 8, we have had enough of your hate.