- Minnesota Government
Legalize gay marriage.
-Denying people marriage rights is a violation of religious freedom (civil and religious marriages are two separate institutions). The First Amendment of the Constitution clearly states that a person's religious views or lack thereof must be protected. Marriage by the state is a secular activity; the government cannot start making laws just because a religion says they should. What's next, should we make taking the Lord's name in vain a criminal activity because Christians consider it a breaking of a commandment?
-Marriage benefits (such as joint ownership, medical decision-making capacity) should be available to all couples. Everyone is equal in America and everyone deserves equal rights.
-Homosexuality is an accepted lifestyle nowadays with most evidence strongly supporting biological causation.
-.Denying these marriages is a form of minority discrimination.America was founded on the concept that the majority should rule, but the rights of minorities should be protected. It is the main reason we have a Bill of Rights as well as anti-slavery and equal protection amendments. Denying marriage to a homosexual couple is no different than denying marriage to Hispanic or black couples.
-It doesn't hurt society or anyone in particular.A marriage is a relationship between two people. How does it hurt society or people not involved in the marriage? It is a personal commitment that really is no one else's business.
-The only thing that should matter in marriage is love.
- It encourages people to have strong family values and give up high-risk sexual lifestyles.
-The same financial benefits that apply to man-woman marriages apply to same-sex marriages.In today's economic environment, it often takes two incomes to live. A married couple shares rent, utilities, and other bills, which are often difficult for one person to take on alone.