America; the first thing that should come to your mind is a nation of peace and equality. But it's not, is it? We live in a nation of racism, sexism, and homophobia. Homosexuals get the worst of all the unfair treatment. Gays have been fighting for rights since the 1960's, maybe even before then, and yet today in 2010, those pleas for rights go unheard. I believe that we should allow same-sex marriage because banning it is unfair, love is all that matters in marriage, and gay families have certain family values that some straight marriages lack.
Banning an issue doesn't make it go away. The American Constitution states that everyone desverves the same, equal rights -- that inlcludes gay people. So banning same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. Making this issue illegal is also a form of discrimination. Homophobics riducule and abuse gay citizens, and gay teenagers are scared to go to school because of the excessive bullying and teasing. And gays are just being themselves! We are all created equal, so why can't we all just try to get along?
What's the reason people get married for? Love is. Who's to judge someone based and whom they love? No one has the rights to do so. Gays have feelings too, and them getting married isn't hurting anyone. Having said that, love has no gender. So let's stop saying that marriage is just a heterosexual advantage.
You may not think about it, but gays have family values too. They have many strong family benefits that some straight marriages lack, such as being more open-minded and accepting. Gay couples have even been proven to have stronger emotional bonds than straight couples. And since 2 people of the same sex can't reproduce on their own, child adoption rates would increase. Strong family benefits and strong emotional bonds are essential to long-lasting relationships and marriages. In fact, a small percentage of straight marriages end early in divorce because one of the spouses finds out that they're gay; they're not "in love" with the other spouse. So let's stop the narrow-minded discrimination!
I feel very strongly that gays should be allowed to marry. Gays, lesbians, bisexuals, trangendered, and transexual people deserve to have the same rights as everyone else. Banning the issue in unfair, love is all that matters in marriage, and some gay families have certain family values that some straight marriages lack. Wouldn't it be good to live in a nation of peace and equality?