Imagine you are in a restaurant in California. At the table next to you, there are two men eating dinner. They’re talking, laughing, and acting like a normal couple. Then, one of the men pulls out a ring. Same-sex marriage is a controversial topic and an important one. It has been discussed in Congress, and the country has split beliefs on the topic. Same-sex marriage should be legal in every state of the United States of America because same-sex couples would like equal legal benefits, they will improve the economy, and they deserve the Pursuit of Happiness.
First of all, same-sex couples in America deserve equal legal benefits. In a survey by PEW, 60% of gay men said legal benefits were the biggest reason why they would like to get married. In America, taxes and other legal matters run most peoples lives. If a same-sex couple is together but not married, and one of them dies, the family of the deceased partner will get their property. It may leave the other partner with nowhere to go. Some same-sex couples say that they wouldn’t like to be married, that they already feel married each day. All emotions aside, most same-sex couples would like to be treated like normal couples, in life and on tax papers (Huffington Post).
Second, same-sex couples will improve the economy. In another survey by PEW, married couples tend to spend $35 more a day than their unmarried counterparts. Married Americans have higher incomes on average. They can then pool their incomes together and spend more than single people. If gay marriage was legal, the US economy might grow more. From other surveys by PEW, we can see that the population of married couples is decreasing, and same-sex couples are more eager than most. They could add to the American economy more than opposite-sex couples (Huffington Post).
Lastly, same-sex couples deserve the Pursuit of Happiness. The first amendment of the Constitution states that, “a person’s religious beliefs or a lack of thereof must be protected” (US Constitution). Technically, this means that the United States government shouldn’t be allowed to ban same-sex marriage. If a person has a belief to marry a person of the same sex, a person should be able to. Although, some people like eleven- year-old Grace Evans believe everyone should have a mom and a dad. She also believes that God made people to marry the opposite sex (Salon.com). Still, people deserve to be happy, and if marrying someone of the same sex makes them happy, they should have the right to.
Same-sex marriage has been in the public eye as a disputed topic. After years of work, thousands of same-sex couples have been married in 17 states including California, Hawaii, and Iowa! Still, 33 states have banned same-sex marriage. We need to keep fighting this battle until we win. Even if people believe, “everyone should have a mom and a dad,” or, “it’s immoral.” Everyone deserves to be happy. Same-sex marriage could help boost our economy, and it could give millions of people in the United States a happy life, with legal matters sorted out.
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