TCU Daily Skiff Thursday, February 12, 2004
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Homosexuals denied a basic human right

Lindsey Williford is a sophomore broadcast journalism major from Grand Prairie.

Ever 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, he’s quite an elusive guy. Some people are lucky enough to find that special person on their first try; others take a little bit longer.

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 love.

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 isn’t natural.

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 isn’t so unnatural after all.

Why shouldn’t 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. It’s not my place, nor anyone else’s place to deny this happiness to others.
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