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Love as a Human Right?

The GYC in NYC Delegation went to the Youth Enrichment Services program at the LGBT Community Center in Manhattan.

By Kate Novak

Like most minority groups, the LGBT community has been persecuted and made to feel inadequate. The level of recognition of their human rights varies around the world — from Tel Aviv (considered one of the most gay friendly cities) to Uganda where legislation may still be passed making homosexuality punishable by life imprisonment. In a world that experiences so many disasters whether it be genocide, famine, tsunami… it is important to realize the necessities and one of those necessities is love. The one thing all the previous disasters have in common (man-made or not) is that they all require major funding to make an impact; funding to build houses, food, refugee camps… The right to love is the one ideal that can be achieved because it is the one thing that does not require monetary funds to obtain. Anyone can have it from the African Sahara to the Japanese Islands and so forth.

In the United States, it has been left up to each state whether it would like to legalize gay marriage or not. When asking people why they think gay marriage should not be legal the response is typically a variation of “marriage is between a man and a woman” because according to their responses only heterosexual couples represent the true “sanctity of marriage.” Sanctity of marriage clearly has nothing to do with gender being that divorce is on the rise and with Kim Kardashian celebrities getting paid millions of dollars to have their weddings taped only to get divorced 72 days a few months later. I have to ask if any spiritual deity would consider that holy matrimony? Not to say that all LGBT couples are built to last; I am simply suggesting that a “sanctity of marriage” should not be based on a couple differing gender but rather the individual couples and the love they share.

Regarding the legalization of gay marriage, it is unconcstitutional not to legalize it. The founding fathers did not want the United States government to interwine religion with the law, therefore making all sanctity of marriage accusations unfounded, at least in the supreme court if it were to truly follow the guidelines left behind by the founding fathers of the nation. Being that the LGBT community are tax paying citizens like any other person, should they be denied the same rights and benefits as everyone else due to sexual orientation? It does not seem just for a group of people to decide the worth of someone’s love; after all who are we as individuals to decide what is true love?

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This entry was posted on July 11, 2012 by in #HumanRightsUSA Program Posts, Human Rights and tagged , , , .

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