Category Archives: Marriage Equality

Marriage as a Human Right

On Friday morning, June 26, the United States Supreme Court surprised people around the world when itannounced its decision, by a 5-to-4 vote, to declare that states must allow and legally recognize same-sex unions.

Members of the LGBT+ community have fought long and hard to be given the same basic rights as heterosexual couples. Historically, homosexuality and bi-sexuality, for example, were considered the result of environmental influences or mental health disorders. As the study of human psychology and biology improved, medical professionals began to realize that members of the LGBT+ community are born and not made.

This fight for equality has been a huge focus around the nation for a wide variety of reasons beyond basic human rights says Stephen Murray CCMP Capital. Many same-sex couples could not make decisions for their partners during medical emergencies. If they wanted to adopt children, only one partner was often recognized as the “parent.” A lot of couples were not permitted to adopt children into loving homes at all. In Pennsylvania, one man had to literally adopt his adult partner as a son to enjoy the same legal rights as heterosexual couples in regards to property ownership, inheritance and other areas.

A Gallup poll from May found that 60 percent of Americans believed that same-sex couples should have the same rights as heterosexual couples. Justice Anthony Kennedy noted it as a fundamental right protected under the 14th Amendment to the Constitution.