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  • 1. Gay Marriage A Speech by: Samantha Purcell

2. It should be legal in ALL states! Its a right protected by the Constitution Would decrease discrimination based on sexual preference/identity Would result in lower divorce rates Would give gay couples benefits only given to married couples Claims against it are irrational and outdated 3. Equal rights Protected by the constitution 14th Amendment: "No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws." A state law banning gay marriage clearly abridges the privileges of its citizens, deprives people of their liberty, and strictly denies people equal protection of the laws. (ctpost.com) 4. Decreasing Descrimination Example: Tom Daley Announced he was dating a man, public went to social media with their thoughts Some people werent so supportive 5. More Common = More Accepted Denying same-sex couples the right to marry stigmatizes gay and lesbian families as inferior and sends the message that it is acceptable to discriminate against them. (ProCon.org) Allowing it would do just the opposite! 6. Lower Divorce Rates In states where same-sex marriages are legally recognized, the divorce rate is 20 percent lower than in states that only allow marriages between a man and a woman. For example, Massachusetts, which was the first state to legalize same-sex marriage (in 2004), also has the lowest divorce rate in the country. (huffingtonpost.com) 7. Marriage Benefits Tax benefits Joint tax incomes with the IRS Medical benefits Visiting your spouse in a hospital intensive care unit or during restricted visiting hours in other parts of a medical facility. Making medical decisions for your spouse if he or she becomes incapacitated and unable to express wishes for treatment. Family benefits Filing for stepparent or joint adoption. Applying for joint foster care rights. Receiving equitable division of property if you divorce. Death benefits Making burial or other final arrangements. (nolo.com) 8. Arguments Against Gay Marriage Marriage is traditionally between a man and a woman. Okay.. I traditionally would have to stay in the house and only wear dresses or skirts.. And yet here I am, wearing pants in a classroom. The Bible says Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve. Leviticus 19:27: Ye shall not round the corners of your heads, neither shalt thou mar the corners of thy beard. Leviticus 19:19: Ye shall keep my statutes. Thou shalt not let thy cattle gender with a diverse kind: thou shalt not sow thy field with mingled seed: neither shall a garment mingled of linen and woolen come upon thee. 9. Arguments Against Gay Marriage Next thing you know, a man can marry a dog, or his sister. First of all, this is a complete exaggeration. Second of all This is not hurting anyone This is no one elses business Theyre happy, and thats all that matters 10. Arguments Against Gay Marriage It will weaken the institution of marriage. Ill just leave this here 11. Works Cited "Gay Marriage ProCon.org." ProConorg Headlines. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Dec. 2013. Mallon, Bridget. "Gay Marriage: States That Allow Same-Sex Unions Have Lower Divorce Rates." The Huffington Post. TheHuffingtonPost.com, 27 June 2013. Web. 04 Dec. 2013. "Marriage Rights and Benefits." Nolo.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 Dec. 2013. "Same-sex Marriage: A Constitutional Right." Connecticut Post. N.p., 12 Aug. 2010. Web. 05 Dec. 2013.