Civil Rights: Gay Marriage

Gay marriage has been of great discussion in this upcoming election, we have seen the Democrats push forward in the most liberal and tolerant party platform to date. Democrats have advocated for the removal of many federal and state policies which leave the LGBT community at disadvantage.

Our first affirmative argument is that gay marriage rights are civil and not religious. The LGBT community does not aim to redefine marriage in your church that you attend. The LGBT community is aiming toward stepping into a world of equality. Recently, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has come out in support of gay marriage rights, stating that it is a civil right.

Civil marriage is a civil right and a matter of civil law. The NAACP’s support for marriage equality is deeply rooted in the 14th Amendment of the United States Constitution and equal protection of all people

Benjamin Todd Jealous, president and CEO of the 103-year-old NAACP said in a statement

Civil marriage guarantees equal rights and benefits between two married persons under law. Meaning, that a married gay couple is insured with equality in the hospital in terms of healthcare, bereavement rights in cases of a partner’s death, joint tax benefits and many other rights. Moreover, the ultimate goal of the LGBT community is to not invade churches where they are not welcome. Honestly, that argument is nonsensical and downright illegitimate. LGBT Americans want the same protections that every heterosexual couple receives.

Our nation is facing tough and awesome issues today. This election will dictate which direction the LGBT rights movement will go. This year, the Democratic Party released its platform in outright support for the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act, which prohibits the federal government from defining the term marriage. Inclusive language and strong advocacy for the LGBT community is evolving in the Democratic Party, reaching policies the community could only dream about ten years ago.

We oppose discriminatory federal and state constitutional amendments and other attempts to deny equal protection of the laws to committed same-sex couples who seek the same respect and responsibilities as other married couples. We support the full repeal of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act and the passage of the Respect for Marriage Act.

Democratic Party Platform

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