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A little girl dreams of her wedding day from the first day of kindergarten She imagines a beautiful white gown a traditional religious ceremony and a Hawaiian honeymoon She envisions a long happy marriage a large family and separation from her partner only at death Unfortunately today this fantasy seldom becomes reality Despite her desire to find someone whom she will love enough to pledge lifelong fidelity to the law deems it inadequate The reality of the situation is that the laws of every single state in America prohibit a fully legal marriage among the gay and lesbian community The commitment and love that two same-sex partners may have for each other can not be formally expressed in marital ceremony simply because of their sexual orientation The little girls dreams are shattered because her idea of a happy marriage happens to include a relationship with a partner of the same sex Marriage has traditionally been defined as the union of one man and one woman as husband and wife This tradition must be substituted because gays and lesbians are people who happen to love others of the same gender and have the same needs for intimacy comfort and stability as the rest of the population Marriage has been a central institution in so many peoples lives because it forms such an integral part of our own self-understanding If we alter this traditional institution we will welcome a controversial debate that affects the sensitive areas of family sexual morality and social justice We must understand that marriage itself has already been through an arduous cycle of changes and these changes must continue until it fully transforms into an institution suitable for all people On the path to further marriages natural evolution we must entitle gays and lesbians the inherent rights of marriage in order to promote equality among all individuals Gays and lesbians desire to strengthen the institution of marriage not destroy it They
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