Imagine you have fallen in love with the person of your dreams, and the two ofyou have discussed it and have decided to get married.
Now imagine that theperson you wish to marry is of a different race. It wouldn’t be a big deal,right? Well, if this situation had occurred about 50 years ago, it would havebeen a huge deal. Just a generation ago, many states banned mixed marriages. Seems absurd, doesn’t it? Discriminating against an individual like that becauseof the color of their skin? This is a situation in America that I am sure all ofyou are familiar with, and most all of us I am sure agree that just because aperson has different colored skin does not make them any different on theinside. We dont discriminate against minorities because of their color oftheir skin, so why is it that we now discriminate against gays and lesbiansbecause of what is in their hearts? It is the same type of discrimination, andit needs to be stopped.Order now
How do we go about doing that, you ask? Don’t worry, Iam not going to be unrealistic and ask you to become a gay-rights activist andmake supporters of all of your friends and family. I am just going to ask you todo your small part to help give homosexuals the ability to marry. It is unfairto deny them this right, and together we need to act in order to give them thisright, this equality, that they deserve. As I have told you all in my last twospeeches, there are legal rights and benefits that come with marriage thathomosexuals are being denied. According to the American Civil Liberties Union,many of the benefits of marriage that homosexuals are denied include: governmentbenefits like Social Security and Medicare; hospital visitation rights; specialrates and exemptions on tax returns; joint child custody; joint insurancepolicies; automatic inheritance in the absence of a will; making medicaldecisions on a partner’s behalf; and choosing a final resting place for adeceased partner.
While none of these are reasons to get married, they are allbenefits and perks that homosexuals should not be denied simply because of theirchoice of a partner. They are rights that homosexuals are entitled to anddeserve, and are rights that they would be able to benefit from if same-sexmarriages were legalized. When you put yourself in their shoes, as I have hadyou do in my past speeches, it is clear to see that they deserve these rights asmuch as heterosexual couples do, and that their choice of partner should notaffect these basic rights. I am sure you are all still asking yourselves justhow YOU can make a difference. Well, you could become active in a gay-rightsgroup, you could organize a rally in Red Square, you could even collectsignatures and attempt to gain enough support to put the issue on the ballot forthe next elections.
But lets be realistic here. We are all students, and arebusy with the stress of finals and even graduation for some. The minute thatschool ends, all we are going to be thinking about is laying out in the sun,taking advantage of three months (or even the rest of your lives) withouthomework. So who has the time or energy to do any of the things I justsuggested? That is why I am just going to ask you to become a supporter bysigning a document called the "Marriage Resolution. " This is aresolution formed and monitored by a group called The Lambda Legal Defense andEducation Fund.
The marriage resolution, according to the Partners Task Forcefor Gay and Lesbian Couples, reads as follows: "Because marriage is a basichuman right and an individual personal choice, RESOLVED, the State should notinterfere with same-gender couples who choose to marry and share fully andequally in the rights, responsibilities, and commitment of civil marriage. "According to Evan Wolfson, the Director of the Marriage Project of the LambdaLegal Defense and Education Fund, the resolution is aimed to: help promote thenecessary discussion and awareness of our equal marriage rights among gay andnon-gay people; collect signatures and supporters as evidence of a growingcoalition; and give people a tool and a task in building that coalition andapproaching others. It is a tool to reach out and gather support from theAmerican population, support that .