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Does any one group or person have the right to dictate who is allowed to get married? Religious organizations such as The National Organization for Marriage and Alliance Defense Fund wants the public to believe that same sex marriage is unconstitutional.

On the ADF website it states that it stands,  “to protect the freedoms our forefathers intended” and that it aims to “preserve marriage as being between one man and one woman.”

Prop 8, which bans same sex marriage was declared unconstitutional by the 9th Circuit of Appeals on February 7.  They made the right decision.

Our forefathers created the Declaration of Independence which states: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” 

All men and women are created equal, not just some of them.  What they intended is that every human being be treated the same.  The bible simplifies this in Matthew 17: “Do unto others as you would like to be done unto yourself.” Traditional couples wouldn’t want anyone telling them that their love is invalid and that they can’t be married.

Supporters of Prop 8, which bans gay marriage in California use children as one of the reasons to support traditional marriage between a man and a woman.  ProtectMarriage.com states, “California’s constitutional marriage amendment exists toprovide the optimal environment to ensure the well being of children.” 

A quality of life study was conducted by the national Lesbian Longitudinal Family study group.  The study was conducted to

measure the psychological well being of adolescents reared in lesbian-mother families with that of a matched comparison group of adolescents withheterosexual parents.

The study concluded that children in lesbian families do notshow differences in quality of life when compared with a matched group of adolescents reared in heterosexualfamilies. By investigating quality of life, this study provides insight into positive aspects of mental health of adolescentswith lesbian mothers.

 A child being raised by gay parents is summed up nicely by Zach Wahls, a nineteen-year-old university of Iowa student who spoke to the Iowa House of Representatives in February 3, 2011.  His video on YouTube has attracted more than sixteen million views.

 “In my 19 years not once have I ever been confronted by an individual who realized independently that I was raised by a gay couple,” he said. “And you know why? Because the sexual orientation of my parents has had zero effect on the content of my character.”

It remains the same, the old Beatles song.  All you need is love.  That is all gay people are asking for, to be allowed to love in the deepest way possible and with the deepest commitment there is, marriage. The 9th Court Circuit of Appeals did the right thing.

 

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