Gay Rights Rally


Staff Writer

On Tuesday, March 26, shouts rose from the Santa Barbara Courthouse in favor of gay marriage throughout a rally organized by the Pacific Pride Foundation. On March 26 & 27, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments on the constitutionality of Proposition 8 and Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

During the oral arguments, Justice Sonia Sotomayor said, “What gives the federal government the right to be concerned at all at what the definition of marriage is?”

This is highly relevant in the fact that the government is there to protect us and regulate our country, not to tell us who we can marry or what marriage is. Some people do not get married because they do not need a piece of paper to tell them they love each other. Some arguments against same sex marriage are that if we allow same sex couples to be married, we will ruin the sanctity of marriage. Britany Spears, Larry King, and Kelsey Grammar have already done that.

Many same sex couples have been together for years and are in a committed relationship. Although the government would have to tweak the tax code and other codes to include same sex couples, it is worth it.

This country was built on equality; and how everyone deserves equal rights. The Constitution was written to serve as “the law of the land.”

The fourteenth amendment is a controversial topic because of what it states. The fourteenth amendment forbids states from denying any person, “life, liberty, or property” or to “deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” It clearly states, any person. That includes people who are gay. All people should be able to get married if they want to.


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