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We the people

  1. 1.  Gay marriage should be made legal in all 50 states. It is an egregious violation of right’s to deny the civil liberty of marriage to same sex couples.
  2. 2.  Separation of church and state  Declaration of Independence  United States Constitution  United States of America is the “Land of the Free”
  3. 3.  I am a gay woman, I married my wife Amy on June 12, 2010. I know that I deserve the same rights as anyone else, and that denying my right to marry is a violation of my civil right’s.
  4. 4.  Chances are you know someone who’s gay, civil rights violations such as denying any one the right to marry is an egregious violation  Allowing any minority’s rights to be violated is an open door policy
  5. 5.  Slavery  Denial of the right to vote for women and African Americans  Denial of marriage rights for African Americans  Segregation
  6. 6.  All examples of civil right’s violations based on archaic, bigoted, ignorant beliefs  All have since been deemed illegal by the Supreme Court or otherwise  Rulings & Documents include; Brown v. Board, & Emancipation Proclamation, Constitutional Amendments; 13,14, and 19
  7. 7.  “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. —”  The Declaration of Independence is intended to protect everyone not just the chosen few.  How does ignoring civil right’s, the Declaration of Independence, and state constitutions make America a free country?  It is evident throughout the course of history, that any group is vulnerable to attack, any group can lose their civil liberties, if a larger majority takes their power to decide away.
  8. 8.  Many argue that allowing “gay marriage” would bring the destruction of the institution of marriage.  Under this logic, divorce should be made illegal as well  “If Bill & George are allowed to get married, that will take away from the importance of my marriage.”  How does the decision for 2 people to get married, gay or straight affect anyone but those 2 people? Answer: It doesn’t.  The marriage of any 2 individuals has no bearing on the marriage of another couple.
  9. 9.  Do heterosexually oriented people wake up one morning and choose to be attracted to the opposite sex?  No. It is a biological response set off by your genetic makeup and brain chemistry. Homosexuality occurs the same way.
  10. 10.  The United States as democracy is built upon the separation of church and state.  The concept that the government has no control over organized religion, and religion has no place in government decision.  The arguments against “gay marriage” are often based on religious views, and many politicians allow their religious and personal opinions affect their judgment
  11. 11. Imagine…  …If you woke up tomorrow and you were told that you weren’t allowed to marry your significant other.  …Being told your marriage wasn’t legally recognized  …Having to fight to adopt your own children  … Not being able to make medical decisions, for your children or being barred from their hospital room because you aren’t recognized as a parent  …Having a doctor tell you that you weren’t legally allowed to represent your spouse in case of a medical emergency
  12. 12.  It’s easy to feel as though the issue of Gay marriage does not affect the heterosexual community  The truth is, it affects everyone. Any time the people allow government sanctioned civil right’s violations, they open themselves up for the same treatment.  Stand up for Gay Rights, be a straight ally. Everyone deserves equal rights and equal treatment.
  13. 13.  Entering into a marriage is between 2 people, not the entire US.  Everyone deserves equal right’s under the law.  Denying marriage rights is a egregious violation of Constitutional Right’s  Denying the right’s of one minority, opens the door for the same to happen to others, including you.
  14. 14.  Gay marriage should be made legal in all 50 states, because everyone deserves:  Equal right’s and protection under the law  Legal protection and benefits included with marriage  Medical  Insurance  Taxes  The right to choose what is best for them.  No one should be allowed to make a decision for another individual.
  15. 15.  It is unreasonable to belittle a relationship’s meaning or importance based on the gender of the individuals.  Who are we to place value on others relationships?  Eg. “partners” “gay marriage”, “commitment ceremony”, etc.  Terms such as these suggest that a marriage entered by 2 people of the same sex is some how less  Every individual deserves to be treated equally
  16. 16.  "The Declaration of Independence." Ushistory.org. 04 July 1995. Web. 19 Nov. 2010. <http://www.ushistory.org/declaration/document/>.  "Featured Document: The Emancipation Proclamation." National Archives and Records Administration. Web. 19 Nov. 2010. <http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/featured_documents/emancipation_proclamation/ >.  "Jefferson's Wall of Separation Letter - The U.S. Constitution Online - USConstitution.net." Index Page - The U.S. Constitution Online - USConstitution.net. 01 June 2010. Web. 19 Nov. 2010. <http://www.usconstitution.net/jeffwall.html>.  "Martin Niemöller: "First They Came for the Socialists..."" United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. 01 Apr. 2010. Web. 19 Nov. 2010. <http://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?ModuleId=10007392>.  By Section. Index Page - The U.S. Constitution Online - USConstitution.net. 20 Apr. 2010. Web. 19 Nov. 2010. <http://www.usconstitution.net/>.