However, how can one marry someone who they dont love? Isnt it wrong to keep two consenting adults from uniting under the act of marriage? It is almost as if the government obliges gay people to marry people that they are not attracted to in order to receive the legal marital benefits. This is, in fact, wrong, as it virtually means that the marriage institution would become perverted by people who would only marry because of interest.
According to Franke (2006), “the U.S. Supreme Court found laws that criminalized same-sex sex unconstitutional in Lawrence v. Texas.” Gay people have found a precedent in the case, as they consider that the Supreme Court case Brown vs. The Board of Education is very similar to the one presently under discussion.
The 1954 case involved the establishment of separate public schools for white and for black children, arguing that these institutions had been, in reality, equal (Franke)
It is undemocratic to claim that a person does not have the right to choose their sexual affinities or that they are not worthy of marrying whomever they wish.
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3. Lewin, E (1998). Recognizing Ourselves: Ceremonies of Lesbian and Gay Commitment. New York: Columbia University Press.
4. Murdoch J. Price D. (2001). Courting Justice: Gay Men and Lesbians V. The Supreme.