Compose a 2000 words assignment on gay and lesbian couples rights. Needs to be plagiarism free! The first legal gay marriage in the world took place on April 1, 2001, in the Netherlands and was conducted by the Mayor of Amsterdam. The whole event was on television and involved one woman and three men. The first same-sex marriage was on May 17, 2004, in Cambridge, MA . (David, 2009). The marriage was between Marcia Kadish, who is an employment manager at an engineering firm, and Tanya McCloskey, working as a massage therapist. Estimation by the Congressional Budget Office on December 17, 2009, suggests that an extension of employment benefits to gay/lesbian couples of federal employees would cost the government much money (Glenn, 2009).
The government would have to budget for 596 million dollars in mandatory spending, and 302 million dollars will be for discretionary spending between 2010 and 2019. An analysis by the New York Times on Oct. 2, 2009, estimated that denying married gay/lesbian couples benefits will cause an additional 41,196 dollars in expenses compared to married heterosexual couples (Glenn, 2009). It would happen in their lifetimes. Traditional churches like Catholic, Anglican, Methodist, Southern Baptist church all oppose same-sex marriages and couples.
Denying same-sex couples to marry is a discriminating act and thus treating people like second-class citizens. The Florida State gay marriage ban was ruled unconstitutional by Judge Sarah Zabel on July 25, 2014, at Miami-Dade County Circuit Court. The judge stated that the prohibition was only there to hurt, discriminate and deprive gay/lesbian couples and their families’ dignities that heterosexual couples enjoy. It was therefore labeling and treating same-sex couples as a second class. America has always fought discrimination since African American time (Cunningham, 2013). No one should go through discrimination against because of their sexual preference. There has been a fight against racial discrimination, discrimination against women, immigrants, and people with disabilities. Americans have joined hands to support each other against such forms of discrimination, thus they should also fight for gay/lesbian rights.