February 12, 2004
denied a basic human right
Williford is a sophomore broadcast journalism major
from Grand Prairie.
since I was a little girl I wanted to get married. I envisioned
myself wearing a big, white princess dress, walking down
the aisle getting closer and closer to living happily
ever after with my Prince Charming.
As I grew up, I realized that happily ever after is sometimes
hard to find. Not everyone has a Fairy Grandmother to
set them up with Prince Charming; in fact, hes quite
an elusive guy. Some people are lucky enough to find that
special person on their first try; others take a little
If you find your special person, you should be able to
get married, have two kids and a dog. Regardless of whom
you end up falling for. If the boy next door falls in
love with another boy, they should be able to live a happy
life. Nothing should stand in the way of two people sharing
all the benefits of married life.
The Massachusetts Supreme Court recently ruled that homosexual
people are being denied certain legal and social rights
that one gets once a person is married. These rights include
medical benefits, inheritance rights, hospital visitation
rights, and even family plans at health clubs. Homosexuals
are being denied the right to marry the person that they
When Massachusetts granted homosexuals the right to marry
it was a huge step forward in homosexual acceptance, but
shortly afterwards Congress decided they needed to pass
an amendment defending the sanctity of marriage
by making it limited solely to heterosexuals.
They found the idea of homosexual marriage disgraceful
and immoral. If an amendment were to be passed, it would
diminish the other amendments that foster ideas of equality.
This amendment would not only ostracize the homosexual
members of the community, it would be a violation of the
separation of church and state. Most of the opposition
to homosexuality comes from religious groups that feel
that since homosexuals cannot procreate, it isnt
Recently, there have been cases of homosexuality occurring
among animals. The most famous case is that of the two
male penguins at the New York Zoo. The New York Times
reported that the two penguins, Roy and Silo, have been
monogamous for the past six years. The penguins even wanted
to incubate an egg together, so after years of trying
to incubate a rock, zoo officials finally gave the two
an egg that needed incubation. The penguins took care
of the egg, and raised the baby penguin until it was able
to live on its own. Maybe homosexuality isnt so
unnatural after all.
Why shouldnt homosexuals be allowed to marry? I
think I have a right to be happy and marry whichever man
I chose. How do I have the right to deny that happiness
to another? Let homosexuals get married. Let everyone
live their life to the fullest. Get married, have a family
and be happy. Its not my place, nor anyone elses
place to deny this happiness to others.