Gay marriage is well over due to be legal

Sue Dean-McGilpin, center right, consoles her wife Jayne Dean-McGilpin, center left, after reading the California Supreme Court's announcement to uphold Proposition 8 in San Francisco, California, Tuesday, May 26, 2009. (Kristopher Skinner/Contra Costa Times/MCT)

It is time gay marriage be made legally possible and socially acceptable. The members of the gay community are American citizens. More importantly, they are human beings, and they deserve the same rights and opportunities as the heterosexual majority.

Despite what many would lead you to believe, homophobia is not a moral value. It is an intellectual handicap, one warranting disdain rather than sympathy.

Discrimination against the gay community is just as arbitrary and immoral as that type of prejudice against any other minority. It is based entirely on the comfort of a selfish majority and that majority’s motivation to exist in an entirely homogenized culture.

Of the rights all American citizens are entitled to is to be able to marry. Not only is it important to the individual, it is paramount to the success of our nation. Marriage helps encourage monogamy (thereby managing population growth and limiting the spread of diseases) and family and, in indirect ways, it stabilizes our economy.

Our government is aware of this and therefore provides a plethora of tax incentives to heterosexual couples for getting married. Clearly we, as a nation, value this institution and the ways in which our society benefits from it, so why must we maintain these outmoded qualifications? How would homosexual marriage be any less socioeconomically beneficial to the common good than traditional marriage?
I would argue, given the social hardships of our era, the benefits of homosexual marriage could be immeasurable. We live in a time when overpopulation is a dire concern. Even America, though its population pales in comparison to that of other nations, is considered overpopulated because the amount of energy each of its citizens expends in a lifetime is enormous.

Obviously homosexuals cannot, within the confines of a monogamous relationship, conceive offspring and therefore often resort to adopting. If the legality of abortion continues to be so volatile then adults ready and willing to adopt unwanted children are an invaluable resource.

The homosexual community, if its members are permitted to marry, could continue to be a very large contributor to the demographic of adopting parents, thereby providing loving homes to orphans and indirectly limiting population growth.

As a capitalist, democratic society, America is founded upon the pursuit of happiness. This pursuit is to be limited if, and only if, it infringes upon the rights of others.
I cannot understand why these petulant troglodytes believe legalizing homosexual marriage would somehow infringe upon their rights. Why is it of their concern what their fellow citizens do behind closed doors?

All contentions aside, I think the one thing everyone can agree on is that marriage is a union. It is the social, emotional, and sexual intertwining of individuals who have decided to commit to one another.

The most fundamental factor in determining whether a marriage will work is not anatomical practicality—it is love. Love is the most significant prerequisite to marriage.

In my life, I’ve known many homosexual men and women, and they are no less capable of love than heterosexuals.
So what’s the big deal?

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