Core 4 - 1 “A Struggle for Equality: The Fight for...

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“A Struggle for Equality: The Fight for Same-Sex Marriage” Casey McConnell 4/17/2008 Core 4 Nelson ENC1102 Subject- Same-sex Marriage Purpose- To persuade my audience to support same-sex marriage and civil unions Audience- Individuals who are unsure of their stance on same-sex marriage. Thesis- Honoring the separation of church and state, the United States government should sanctify marriages between couples without regard to gender. 1
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A society in which minorities are forsaken and denied the same institutions of love and happiness that the majority cherishes binds itself and can only digress. A nation cannot evolve without progressive thought and equality for all of its citizens. The United States, a nation that prides itself on its moral superiority, still denies the fundamental privilege of marriage to its homosexual population. A simple solution can rectify the growing problem and soothe the fervent voices of this minority. Honoring the separation of church and state, the United States government should sanctify marriages between couples without regard to gender. The installation and execution of prejudice laws have been apparent within the United States government for centuries. Subsequent generations solve problems fashioned by their forefathers and formulate new prejudices of their own. This routine has led the U.S. government to target its homosexual population with the multitude of “Defense of Marriage Acts.” These Acts, enacted in several U.S. states, ban homosexuals from getting married and in some states, bar them from achieving civil partnership status. Nineteen states, most, if not all, dominated by the Republican Party, ban same-sex marriages as well as civil unions. Enacting a ban of same-sex marriage allows the definitive line between church and state to be blurred. Promoting and allowing a ban on same-sex civil unions showcases bigotry rather than piety. Today’s youth, today’s Generations Y and Z, will have to renovate the American government, repairing the prejudices perpetrated by previous generations. These children and young adults show a growing proclivity towards tolerance of all kinds. A study conducted at the University of Central Florida to identify the political tendencies of the next generation’s educated class. The results proved to reinforce the fundamental concept 2
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of how progress and equality work in tandem. A vast majority of students supported the rights of gay couples to obtain civil unions, marry and adopt (McConnell). Nearly all students showed a progressive attitude towards equality for people of differing sexual orientations. Popular opinions across all age groups, youths especially, are proving to be more accepting of equality for gay people and such changes are happening within a relatively short time span (The Pew Research Center for the People and the Press). As a nation matures and prospers it slowly leans left. This in no way indicates achieving equal
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Core 4 - 1 “A Struggle for Equality: The Fight for...

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