My essay for the legalization of gay marriage (Pre-writing class)

I know I’m due for the part two of my previous post about a suicide, but I figured I’d let that wait, and show you guys what I’m currently working on. I’m taking a writing class in school, and we were tasked with writing a rough draft for an essay for/against the legalization of gay marriage, which we will then edit throughout the semester. To showcase my progress, both to myself and to others, I wanted to post the original tonight, then the finished product in May. (Well, I presume in May. Maybe not) So without further adieu, here it is: My essay for the legalization of same-sex marriage (rough draft)

Same-sex marriage; or, as I like to call it, marriage; has no business being illegal anywhere except a far right theocracy, such as Iran. In Iran or Saudi Arabia, they can get away with outlawing something because it goes against their religion. That’s kind of what a theocracy is. But here in America, not only are we not a theocracy, and do not have an official religion, but according to the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment of the United States Constitution, which states “Congress can make no law respecting an establishment of religion,” the “so-and-so is against my religion!” argument cannot be used to justify keeping same-sex marriage illegal, nor anything else. This would be akin to a bunch of Jews or Muslims trying to outlaw the production, possession, and consumption of pork; or, better yet, some Hindus trying to outlaw the mistreatment of cows in any way, shape, or form. There would be public outcry, would there not? How dare they try to shove their religious beliefs down our throats??

A bigger argument, not only for the legalization of gay marriage, but why the argument against its legalization has no real substance, is simply this: If they’re not harming you, why should you care? A common rebuttal to this might be “They’re harming me mentally!” which has a very simple response: Why let them? The only time gay marriage harms anyone in any way, is when it is allowed to cause harm. If Tim is married to Jill, that affects nobody but Tim, Jill, and their immediate friends and family, almost never negatively. How does that change if Tim is married to Al? It doesn’t. Why would anyone be so against something that affects them so minimally?

Remember when the big issue was interracial marriage? The big arguments against it were religious, interracial marriage being legalized leading to the legalization of bestiality and polygamy, etc. Roughly half a century later, the same arguments are being used against same-sex marriage. If nothing else, this says that these things didn’t happen, making it significantly less likely that they will happen this time. (Sources: The Atlantic Wire, Virginia Law, Vermont Law) This being for a couple of reasons: The illegality of polygamy comes, at least quite a bit, from the complication that tax forms and other such paperwork would be in a legal, polygamist marriage. And nobody is going to move to legalize bestiality; because there is a reason most of us do not have sex with our dogs—that reason not being the law. Even so, for either of these, as stated above, who cares what your neighbor does?

We need to legalize same-sex marriage. This isn’t just about marriage—it is about civil rights. Religion is still holding progress back in a country whose Constitution claims to separate the church and the state. People think someone else’s relationship affects them a lot more than it actually does, and they’re using the same arguments, recycled from past marital issues, to argue their point. This needs to be done, and we need to do it now. “If not us, then who? If not now, then when?” ~ John F. Kennedy

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