Same sex marriagescalltoact speech Essay

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Same sex marriagescalltoact speech



Imagine you have fallen in love with the person of your dreams, and the two of you have
discussed it and have decided to get married. Now imagine that the person you wish to
marry is of a different race. It wouldn't be a big deal, right? Well, if this
situation had occurred about 50 years ago, it would have been a huge deal. Just a
generation ago, many states banned mixed marriages. Seems absurd, doesn't it?
Discriminating against an individual like that because of the color of their skin? This
is a situation in America that I am sure all of you are familiar with, and most all of us
I am sure agree that just because a person has different colored skin does not make
them any different on the inside. We donít discriminate against minorities because of
their color of their skin, so why is it that we now discriminate against gays and
lesbians because of what is in their hearts? It is the same type of discrimination, and
it needs to be stopped. How do we go about doing that, you ask? Don't worry, I am not
going to be unrealistic and ask you to become a gay-rights activist and make supporters
of all of your friends and family. I am just going to ask you to do your small part to
help give homosexuals the ability to marry. It is unfair to deny them this right, and
together we need to act in order to give them this right, this equality, that they
deserve.

As I have told you all in my last two speeches, there are legal rights and benefits that
come with marriage that homosexuals are being denied. According to the American Civil
Liberties Union, many of the benefits of marriage that homosexuals are denied include:
government benefits like Social Security and Medicare; hospital visitation rights;
special rates and exemptions on tax returns; joint child custody; joint insurance
policies; automatic inheritance in the absence of a will; making medical decisions on a
partner's behalf; and choosing a final resting place for a deceased partner. While none
of these are reasons to get married, they are all benefits and perks that homosexuals
should not be denied simply because of their choice of a partner. They are rights that
homosexuals are entitled to and deserve, and are rights that they would be able to
benefit from if same-sex marriages were legalized. When you put yourself in their
shoes, as I have had you do in my past speeches, it is clear to see that they deserve
these rights as much as heterosexual couples do, and that their choice of partner should
not affect these basic rights.

I am sure you are all still asking yourselves just how YOU can make a difference. Well,
you could become active in a gay-rights group, you could organize a rally in Red Square,
you could even collect signatures and attempt to gain enough support to put the issue on
the ballot for the next elections. But letís be realistic here. We are all students,
and are busy with the stress of finals and even graduation for some. The minute that
school ends, all we are going to be thinking about is laying out in the sun, taking
advantage of three months (or even the rest of your lives) without homework. So who has
the time or energy to do any of the things I just suggested? That is why I am just going
to ask you to become a supporter by signing a document called the "Marriage Resolution."
This is a resolution formed and monitored by a group called The Lambda Legal Defense
and Education Fund. The marriage resolution, according to the Partnerís Task Force for
Gay and Lesbian Couples, reads as follows: "Because marriage is a basic human right and
an individual personal choice, RESOLVED, the State should not interfere with same-gender
couples who choose to marry and share fully and equally in the rights, responsibilities,
and commitment of civil marriage." According to Evan Wolfson, the Director of the
Marriage Project of the Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, the resolution is aimed
to: help promote the necessary discussion and awareness of our equal marriage rights
among gay and non-gay people; collect signatures and supporters as evidence of a growing
coalition; and give people a tool and a task in building that coalition and approaching
others. It is a tool to reach out and gather support from the American population,
support that they can later gather and use with the government in order to legalize
same-sex marriages. This is the most practical solution in our situation because it is
so easily done and it takes mere minutes to complete the form. Once the form is signed,
the work of putting it to use is handed over to the Lambda Legal Defense and Education
Fund. It will not take time away from studying for your finals, celebrating your
graduation, or enjoying your summer break. You simply show your support and let the
professionals do what needs to be done with it.

To partake in this resolution, all you have to do is sign the piece of paper I will later
hand out to you and the end of my speech, and I will mail it out to the Lambda Legal
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