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A Basic Human Right Talking about Gay Marriage Youre all sitting there secure in your rights as an American But even in the year 2000 gay and lesbian people living in America today are not protected from discrimination and are denied the most basic rights under the law Today in America you can be fired from your job simply for being gay or lesbian No federal law protects people from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation Despite different opinions about homosexuality the vast majority of Americans believe that gay and lesbian people should not be singled out for discrimination or denied basic human rights A fundamental American value holds that every person should have an equal opportunity to a good job a decent home and a loving family Currently gay and lesbian people are denied the opportunity to share in the rights and responsibilities of marriage in all 50 states Making a commitment to a lifelong relationship is a fundamental human need that should not be denied to anyone Marriage is a basic human right Adults should be free to make a commitment to the person with whom they wish to spend their life The government should not interfere in these personal matters Marriage ought to be a matter of individual personal decision It is probably the most important personal commitment that two people can make If two gay people want to get married and take responsibility for each other for better or worse in sickness and in health why should anyone else interfere The decision of whom to marry should be left to individuals not dictated by the government In response to the attempts at trying to recognize same sex marriage the federal government passed the Defense of Marriage Act in September 1996 This act was written in attempt
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