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Equality In the Choice of Marriage Millions of couples are brought together each year speaking the all too familiar words In sickness and in heath till death do us part These vows are a public declaration of a sacred bond the couple hopes to uphold After the vows are spoken the couple is now one in society Sharing the same last name insurance policies and money saving tax forms These are only a few of the positive effects marriage brings to newlyweds Not all couples have the right to become married such as gay and lesbians Although the couples feelings for each other and goals for a life together are just as strong as the newlyweds are old beliefs have kept these couples from being able to become completely united This denial of same sex marriage is a right that society should come to accept and make legal The right to take the step forward into marriage and announce their commitment to live together as one in society is a need that every couple gay or straight should be allowed to have There are many misunderstandings about what homosexuality really is the mistaken assumption that gay people enjoy the same civil rights protections as everyone else There are also a lot of stereotypes about gay relationships and even a great deal of misunderstanding of what marriage itself is all about The largest misunderstanding of gay relationships is the stereotype that gays are promiscuous unable to form lasting relationships and relationships they do form are shallow and uncommitted There is no argument that gays do have these types of relationships but the important fact to note is that the straight society does also These types of relationships exist in the small minority primarily among the very young The values that gay couples exhibit in their daily lives are often indistinguishable from those of their straight neighbors They are loyal to their
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