Currently in Ohio, a relationship involving 2 people of the same sex cannot be recognized as a marriage. By giving the right to one group and not another, it becomes discrimination, which is unconstitutional. Women and African Americans have fought for their rights and won their equality, now it's our turn.
As a country, we claim to be the land of the free, and as a state, we can attempt to mirror that image, but how can we say that when we won't even let some people marry?
Please sign the petition and help us fight for true equality.
We are writing to ask for same sex marriage to be legalized in the state of Ohio.
What is progress? Ask yourself this. Ask yourself why humans as a species, as nations, as cultures, as societies are constantly progressing. Do we ever revert?
Women & African Americans have already fought for their rights and won their equality. Now it is time for more progress. In a country founded on the belief that anyone has the right to believe in any god, any religion, any spirit, any afterlife; we need to embrace that people can have the belief in any marriage. Denying a person’s beliefs is not what our country was founded upon.
Religion is dictating the rights of some people who may not even follow it. Marriage is not a right guaranteed in the Constitution, and that is correct, it isn’t. But by giving the right to one group and not another, it becomes discrimination, which is unconstitutional.
In regards to any concerns from religious organizations dictating how same sex marriage will destroy the institute of marriage, we will answer them with this: Kelsey Grammer can end a 15 year marriage by phone; Larry King can be on his 9th divorce; Britney Spears had a 55 hour marriage; Jesse James and Tiger Woods, while married, were having sex with multiple partners; 53% of Americans get divorced and 30-60% cheat on their spouses. Yet, same sex marriage will destroy the institution and meaning of marriage? Really?
Currently, the Ohio Constitution and the Ohio Revised Code currently prohibits same-sex marriage in the state. This is not only unfair, but it is also discriminatory, and it's time that a major change was implemented for the sake of equality.
Only 45 years ago it was illegal in many states for a couple of mixed races to marry. Before June 1967, more than 10 states had laws against an African-American marrying a Caucasian. Would any representative in either state or federal legislatures vote for a law like this in our country today? Why was this kind of marriage illegal?
Imagine this scenario if one cannot marry. A couple disowns their son for being a homosexual, then ten years later a horrible accident occurs, and their son is now on life support, he has lived with his partner for years and if not for their sexuality, would have been wed, but now the decision is up to the parents on whether or not to pull the plug. In There is a high chance the parents choose to take him off of life support. Because they were unwed the partner had no say in what happened and had to watch his partner die.
With recent events of homophobia being portrayed as okay in the media and from adults to children, there have been suicides, countless acts of verbal bullying, and many people being beaten simply for who they are attracted to. It isn’t okay to live in a society where people have to live in fear and danger because the government won’t support them.
The following is a petition made by people who believe in change, who believe in progress, who believe in equality, and who believe in the legalization of same sex marriage. It is made by people who want to make this country great, who want to make this country free and who want to be a part of something that will inevitably happen. Britain has already started writing up the laws to legalize same sex marriage in the UK so it is not about 'if' it will happen, but 'when' it will happen.
We want Ohio to be a part of this new generation of tolerance, we want Ohio to be an example to the rest of the world of what being free really means, of what being American really means. We will not give up until Ohio treats all people equal.
Change is not only something that millions of people want or billions of people support, it’s something that as a population, we need.
The people of Ohio
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