"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness."
These words, taken from the Declaration of Independence of the United States, are taught to us at an early age. Yet in our society, we still see many people who are denied the aforementioned "unalienable Rights...among [which] are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness."
Persons identifying as Gay and Lesbian are denied these basic rights through the denial of marriage, which their heterosexual counterparts are granted. The denial of the right to marry denies same-sex couples the right to happiness and liberty, among other rights that should be available to all individuals in society. We invite you to learn more about the inspiring lives of same-sex couples at 10thousandcouples.com to provide you with an insight into the lives that this action will affect.
By signing this petition, you will help promote worldwide marriage equality.
Denying homosexual individuals the right to be recognized as a couple in the sanctity of marriage denies them the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness The Declaration of Independence states that all “men” are endowed these rights by their Creator. Additionally, denying the right to marry to homosexual couples denies them access to more than 1,138 federal rights, protections, and responsibilities that are granted automatically to their heterosexual counterparts who are permitted to join in marriage.
To ensure that the foundation of our Union is upheld, marriage should be made a fair and equal institution for all of humanity. Refusing homosexual couples the right to marry and the federal rights, protections, and responsibilities granted at the time of marriage is an unfair act of discrimination. This categorically denies the rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness to those not recognized by government bodies as true spouses.