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"Should Gay Marriage Be Legalized?" Essay

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1 \”If proud Americans can be who they are and boldly stand at the altar with who they love…then surely, surely we can give everyone in this country a fair chance at that American dream.\”
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1 Obama, Michelle. \”Convention Speech.\” Democratic National Convention. Charlotte, NC. 04 September 2003.
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2 Chicago religious activists rally against same-sex marriage on october 23rd
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2 McKinney, Dave. \”Religious activists rally against same-sex marriage, say ‘faith is under attack’.\” Chicago Sun-Times 23 October 2013
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3 United States map of same-sex marriage allowance in different states
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3 \”Marriage Center\” Human Rights Campaign. Demand Media, n.d. Web. 15 December 2013
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4 almost nine years have passed since Massachusetts first started allowing same-sex marriage
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4 \”Gay Marriage Facts and Statistics, 2013\” Politico. 27 March 2013. Web. 15 December 2013
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5 1) It Is Not Marriage 2) It Violates Natural Law 3) It Always Denies a Child Either a Father or a Mother 4) It Validates and Promotes the Homosexual Lifestyle 5) It Turns a Moral Wrong into a Civil Right 6) It Does Not Create a Family but a Naturally Sterile Union 7) It Defeats the State’s Purpose of Benefiting Marriage 8) It Imposes Its Acceptance on All Society 9) It Is the Cutting Edge of the Sexual Revolution 10) It Offends God
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5 \”10 Reasons Why Homosexual ‘Marriage’ is Harmful and Must be Opposed\” TFP Student Action. n.p, n.d, Web. 15 December 2013
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\”Love is action. Love is tolerance. Love is learning your partner’s love language and then expressing love in a way that he can receive. Love is giving. Love is receiving. Love is plodding through the slow eddies of a relationship without jumping ship into another’s churning rapids. Love is recognizing that it’s not your partner’s job to make you feel alive, fulfilled, or complete; that’s your job. And it’s only when you learn to become the source of your own aliveness and are living your life connected to the spark of genius that is everyone’s birthright can you fully love another.\”
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6 Paul, Sheryl. \”What Is Love?\” Huffington Post. 05 May 2012. Web. 15 December 2013
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7 Same-sex couples should be allowed to publicly celebrate their commitment in the same way as heterosexual couples. [40] The Human Rights Campaign Foundation states that many same-sex couples \”want the right to legally marry [and] honor their relationship in the greatest way our society has to offer…\”
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7 \”Pro & Con Arguments: Should Gay Marriage Be Legal?\” ProCon. 13 December 2013. Web. 15 December 2013.
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8 Proponents argue that same-sex couples should have access to the same marriage benefits and public acknowledgment enjoyed by heterosexual couples and that prohibiting gay marriage is unconstitutional discrimination.
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8 \”Background: Should Gay Marriage Be Legal?\” ProCon. 13 December 2013. Web. 15 December 2013.
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9 May 18, 1970 – Same-Sex Couple Applies for Marriage License
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9 \”Gay Marriage Timeline\” ProCon. n.d. Web. 15 December 2013.
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10 Nov. 20, 2013 – Illinois Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage
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10 \”Gay Marriage Timeline\” ProCon. n.d. Web. 15 December 2013.