America is the land of liberty where everyone has freedom of choice
of lifestyle, religion etc. America has always believed in equality with a
few exceptions from history which were resolved. Segregation is one of
those exceptions. African-Americans until 1965 were passionately hated by
whites. Even after the legislation was passed saying that all men are
equal, America still struggled to adapt to this change.
Today America would
not do such a thing as discriminating against people because of skin color.
The United States has been a model of democratic principles to the world
for centuries. However, currently this world superpower is having a major
dispute on whether or not to legalize gay marriages and this heated issue
has divided Americans and caused the country to closely re-examine its
principles and ideals.
In America today, at the political level there is a heated debate on
whether there should be a ban to same-sex marriages or not. Recently in his
last State of the Union Address, President Bush supported the ban on gay
marriage saying that he wants to “prevent the meaning of marriage from
being changed forever” (NY Times). What is the meaning of marriage?
According to David Brooks of the NY Times, “marriage joins two people in a
It demands that they make an exclusive commitment to each
other and thereby takes two discrete individuals and turns them into kin.”
He also said that “gays and lesbians are banned from marriage and forbidden
to enter into this powerful and ennobling institution.” (NY Times). In Las
Vegas two people can get married in ten minutes at a shabby chapel. They
don’t even need to wear dresses, have guests or even be sober; it can be as
untraditional as a couple wants. Hasn’t America already defaced the meaning
of marriage suggested by President Bush? On television there are reality
shows in which people get married for money.
One example is “My Big Fat
Obnoxious Fiance”. The basis is that a woman must marry a fat, hairy,
disgraceful man in order to get $1million. The family members believe that
the daughter is really getting married and is shocked at her choice. Here a
woman will go to the extent of putting her family in pain and crush their
dreams for just money. This is a really terrible thing to do to anyone and
yet it is on the television so that other Americans can laugh their heads
off. Hasn’t the true meaning of marriage been torn apart when a price is
put on emotions and we enjoy it? Ordinary humans do not have the power to
judge and decide how people should live their lives.
By attempting to ban
same-sex marriage, the government is robbing gays of this sacred union of
which no man can possibly fathom the meaning.
Since biblical times gays have existed but were ashamed because they
were the subject of discrimination. Today however, in America, gays are not
belittled as they were back then. One’s sexual orientation used to be kept
private but now it is open in America more than ever. Every large city has
a small community for gay people. Many gays live in cities like New York,
Los Angeles, Washington, Las Vegas and such because it is in these areas
that they are not discriminated so much.
There are gay newspapers, gay
movies and shows, gay bands etc. One popular show is Bravo’s “Queer Eye for
the Straight Guy” which is a hit among a lot of Americans- both homosexuals
and heterosexuals. In New York City, The Harvey Milk School, a school for
gays, was opened recently. The reason for this is because gay youngsters
were made fun of, beaten and treated horribly by their heterosexual peers.
In the past there were schools specially founded for black kids because of
racist reasons. Has America gone a step backward? Haven’t we seen that
segregation was soon abolished and everyone was united? If we know the
outcome of such a situation why then would we want to repeat it again? It
is not fair for kids to feel left out because of their sexual orientation.
A gay kid wants to be equal and treated as any other kid. Is that too much
to ask of society? America insists that it treats everyone equally but if
this was true then we wouldn’t need a separate school for gays. Americans
are so diverse with so many various lifestyles provided by. Therefore it
should not be a shock to the government when .