Gay marriage - Cindy Zheng Eng 201 Gay Marriage In the United States approximately 10 of the population is identified as gay lesbian or

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Cindy Zheng Eng 201 7/14/10 Gay Marriage In the United States, approximately 10% of the population is identified as gay, lesbian, or bisexual. (Social-glide). 10% is a significant percentage that the government should not neglect. Same-sex marriage debate has been heated in the California ever since the California Supreme Court overruled the Prop 22, which prohibits the state to issue marriage license to the same-sex couples, in 2008. However, not long after that, Prop 8 was established and passed to limit “only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California”. Because of the Prop 8, two same-sex couples filed a law suit against Schwarzenegger and hoped to overrule the Prop 8. The court case started on Jan 11 2010 and the closing arguments from both sides were stated already. Now, it’s just waiting for the decision of the Judge Vaughn Walker. There are strong evidences from both sides to support their arguments for or against the prop 8. The main argument from for Prop 8 side is the violation of traditional family and the development of children. The against side’s argument is based on the rights of the minority provided from the U.S. Constitution. In terms of the issues of choices such as equality and discrimination, development of children, the definition of family, and the concept of democracy, I believe that Judge Vaughn Walker should rule Prop 8 to be unconstitutional and same-sex marriage should be legalized. One of the biggest evidence against Prop 8 is that the state denies equality, freedom and rights to homosexual individual. Prop 8 violates the 14 th amendment, the
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Equal Protection Clause, of the U.S. Constitution. According to Cornell University of Law School, the Equal Protection Clause of the 14 th amendment “prohibits states from denying any person within its jurisdiction of equal protections of laws”. All people should be treated equally in the same manner in similar circumstances and conditions. If the state does not allow same-sex marriage, it is unequal to those homosexual when other heterosexual individuals can get married freely. Besides limiting marriage to only a male and a female, Prop 8 also indirectly takes away the gay couples’ freedom of sexual orientation and the rights of choosing their spouses. It is telling them that their sexual
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