Persuasive Speech: Legalization of Same Sex Marriage

Could you imagine the love of your life in the hospital fighting for you life and you not being granted permission to visit them. Or could you imagine watching all of your family and friends getting married, divorced, married again and divorced again and you’re not given even one opportunity to get married once. This is reality for many same sex couples. That is why I am for making same sex marriage legal nation wide. Instead of focusing on the genders of couples we should focus on the love that two should share. Not allowing a couple to get married based on sex is discrimination and furthermore allowing them to marry wont ruin the sanctity of marriage.
Epitaph of Leonard P. Matlovich was quoted as saying, “when I was in the military they gave me a medal for killing two men and a discharge for loving one.” When it comes to marriage love should be the only factor that matters. Just because many people don’t agree with their choice doesn’t mean they should have to suffer a life of happiness. Plenty of heterosexual couples get married, even though everyone in their life disagree. Everyone should be granted the right to love no matter who it is.
Secondly, not allowing same sex couples to marry is a form of discrimination. The definition of discrimination is unjust or prejudicial treatment of different categories or people or things. So not allowing couples to get married contradicts the equality that this country supposedly stands for. According to the US supreme court it was declared in 1974′s Cleveland Board of Education v. Lafleur that the “freedom of personal choice in matters of marriage and family life is one of the liberties protected by due clause.”. Thus banning same sex marriage is unconstitutional.
Many might say that allowing same sex couple to get married will ruin the sanctity of marriage but I disagree. Marriage is traditionally recognized as a union between a man and woman, but there is no such thing as a traditional marriage anymore. 68% of all marriages end in divorce an we even go so far as praising celebrities by dedicating countdowns and congratulating them on big divorce settlements. Just last year Kim Kardaahian’s marriage was at the top of every news headline because her marriage only lasted 72 days. Allowing same sex couples the right to be married won’t ruin marriage any more then opposite sex couples.
In conclusion same sex couples should be allowed the same opportunity as couples of the opposite sex to get married. To decide that a couple isn’t worthy of marriage because they are I’d the same sex is unjust. It’s also out of line for people to argue that they will ruin the sanctity of marriage when we as heterosexual couples have already done so and are allowed to make a mockery of a serious situation. For those of you who are against same sex marriage, what if years from now your younger family members, best friend or even your child chose to live an alternative lifestyle even if you didn’t agree wouldn’t you want them to be happy? So instead of being judgmental, let’s try being open minded and tolerant of others.

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