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We the people

  1. 1.  Equal marriage rights 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/>.

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