Alright so im 16 and you may be thinking what could she posibly say that counts....but i have a right to my opinion so here i go. Thomas Jefferson said there should be a seperation of church and state in a letter he wrote to Nathaniel Dodge Jan. 1st 1802. The religious institution has been proected from civil laws and goverment organized points of view. Our constitution GUARUNTEES EVERYONE equal rights and equal protections-that is what gays and lesbians have been asking for-nothing more and nothing less. So the definition of marriage is the union of a man and a woman. SO BE IT!!! Id just like to point out that one word can have numerous definitions so why should marriage just be defined as that? I believe in God and his writings but we all say that he made us a certain way for a reason right? So if he made a variety of colors of skin wheather you believe this or you believe the evolution of man from apes all im saying is, There was/is segregation, there were laws that were around to seperate blacks from whites. Then the people started to realize that this went against the 14th ammendement and it was unfair...so because of this there was less segregation. Then the Civil Rights Act of July 2nd 1964 comes about and it made it ILLEGAL for employees to discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. This act assured equal rights for ALL Americans. (Im not getting off subject keep reading) Then comes along the Gay Rights Movement of 1969 which was brought on by people wanting the equality the constitution says we are to get, the freedom of personal choices and personal privacies. The debate on same-sex marriage has been going on for almost 40 years, however the battle for Homosexual rights has been ongoing for the better part of the last century. So if we have eliminated segregation, discrimination, all words i have strong hate for...then why should we bring back inequality????? Now for some ridiculous stuff... They say gay marriage threatens the stable family. According to studies children raised without one gender of a parent around are more likely to drop out of school, use substances, and commit crimes. So putting a child in this position could lead to the breakdown of society. (That persons not naive at all) If this were the case there would still be segregation because according to the South(When slavery was still around) African Americans should not of been set free because they felt they wouldn't know what to do with the power of freedom and it would lead to chaos, segregation is wrong in ALL terms, so i ask again why should we be told to think different after so long and bring inequality back into play? Have these people that conduct these studies realized that these people they choose for these tests could be victims of abuse or bullying in school? It could be the result of the way one is treated by its peers that causes the person to act the way he/she does. For example, singling someone out that has gay parents and using it against them to say mean things, causing this student to start depression, or an eating disorder or whatever else they say that gay parents cause. STOP BEING SO NAIVE They also say that the insinuation that sexual orientation makes a person less fit to love and nurture a child is all the more ridiculous when one considers the millions of terrible parents who, by accident, happen to be straight. And addoption... so the ability for same sex couples to adopt is up for debate. YOU ARE THE ONES COMPLAINING ABOUT THE KIDS THAT DONT HAVE HOMES!!! What makes an unfit parent is them not willing to listen, give there kid a chance, abuse, neglect, the list is never ending. I can reassure you over and over and OVER again that this is NOT just present in units where the parents are of the same sex. The right to marry who you want is not just about the actual legal ceremony, but an equal right to the extensive list of legal protections awarded to married couples. These benefits given to legally married couples range from tax relief to medical decision making. Civil unions and domestic partnerships may seem like equal unions, but the protections they give to registered couples is often FAR LESS than that of marriage. Number of legal benefits: marriage- over 1049 federal and stae level benefits civil union- over 300 state level benefits NO FEDERAL PROTECTION Tax Relief marriage- couples can file both federal and state tax returns jointly civil union- couples can only file jointly in the state of civil registration Medical Decisions marriage- couples can make emergency medical decisions civil union- couples can only make medical decisions in the registered state. Partners may not be able to make decisions out of state. Death Benefits marriage- In the case of a partners death, the spouse receives any earned socail security or veteran benefits civil union- partners do not receive social security or any other government benefits in case of death Immigration Rights marriage- U.S. citizens and legal residents can sponsor their spouses and family members for immigration civil union- U.S. citizens and legal residents cannor sponsor non legal spouses or family members Im researching all of this for an opposing viewpoints paper for my english class. I used tons of sources and can list them if people wish...but for now im just gunna leave em out. So you tell me...Is same-sex marriage Right or Wrong?