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Equal Rights Mean Equal Marriage Too

Posted by mandyf on July 27, 2012

In Canada, where I reside, marriage between individuals of the same sex has been legalized since 2005, but the United States and many other countries around the world seem to be struggling with the notion of allowing equal marriage. There is still significant opposition to same sex marriage in Canada even seven years later, and a large portion of the ruling party’s members oppose it due to their personal conscience and beliefs. And yet most Canadians (even those who are religious) still consider equal marriage to be a basic right, regardless of their personal viewpoints on it. The problem in the United States that has impeded the passage of equal marriage laws in most states is that the issue is considered a religious or moral question rather than one simply dealing with rights. So far marriage is legalized in six states, all of which primarily vote Democrat: Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, and Vermont. Compared with the situation 15 years ago, this is a giant step forward but there still is a long way to go. Unless you ignore the plethora of scientific research on the topic and adhere to some strongly fundamentalist religion, then I am sure you recognize that homosexuality is not a matter of choice and that love does exist between those of the same sex. If you can accept these basic truths then the jump to allowing them to have equal rights is quite insignificant and just involves us setting aside our own personal beliefs to stop them from preventing others from being happy.

via Equal Rights Mean Equal Marriage Too.

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