Socrates once said, “One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life: That word is love.” When two people love each other, they think of their lives together as one. The common commitment two lovers choose is marriage, the idea of being together for eternity. For homosexuals, it is a different sentiment. They are being denied that right, as gay marriage is banned in almost all of the United State. People cannot help who they fall in love with; love is inevitable. Homosexuals should have the same civil rights as heterosexuals; marriage should not be any different. Every American citizen should be guaranteed the option of marriage in his or her life. Gay marriage should be legalized because people should have the right to be with whoever they love and homosexual couples should have the right to start a family.
A person’s religious view plays a big role when deciding if gay marriage should be legal. While it is true that religious views are personal, it does not give the right for any religion to implement its beliefs on a whole country. Some say homosexuals do not fall in the traditional definition of marriage, with a man and a women joined together to form one family. Some also believe homosexual activists are demanding that society heightens homosexuality to the moral level of marriage and it imposes on every citizen. Marriage is not a bond under God but a legal contract recognized by the American courts. Since the U.S should have a separation of church and state, why should a religious position have any bearing on that civil process? Religious arguments have no place in a debate about civil rights. Marriage is a state of being and an institution of the heart and mind. No religion can rightfully claim ownership of the concept.