How Legalizing Same-Sex Marriages Benefits Everyone
We already know what the LGBT community is to gain when same sex marriage is legalized. What we don’t usually know, and what we should be finding out, is how it can actually benefit society in general. After all, it is the majority that’s hurdling legalization of homosexual marriages in most states. They are the ones who need the motivation to get behind the rainbow flag. To do this, the LGBT community needs to convince them that same sex marriage is beneficial not only for same sex couples, but for the society in general.
Here is a rundown of ways in which legalizing same sex marriage can be good for everyone:
A more accepting society
Everybody benefits from a society that’s more accepting and less discriminating. In affirming the rights of a social minority such as the LGBT community, we are also opening the way for other cultural, political, or any other minority group for that matter. Just as racial equality brought about the rise of women’s liberation, genuine gay liberation can in turn spawn liberation trends that can make our society a more stable one.
Furthermore, acknowledging the legality of homosexual relationships by allowing them to marry reduces homophobia and violence against the community. The LGBT community also has heterosexual allies that can be subject to discriminatory violence in places where same sex marriage is illegal. The stigma associated with homosexuals and those that support them will reduce gradually if same sex marriage is legalized. By normalizing the nature of same sex relationships, we are creating a society that’s more accepting, more diverse, and in effect, more democratic.
Rearing Mentally Untainted Children
The unfair treatment for homosexual couples harms not only the couple but the children they’re raising as well. By denying the parents basic civil rights, we are also denying the children basic rights available to children of heterosexual parents.
Because of the stigma associated with being gay, children with gay parents are also subjected to bullying. It has long been established that bullying induces damaging effects to children. They can grow up to be hateful, paranoid, or even bullies themselves. They can grow up to be liabilities to society. By legalizing same sex marriage, we are rearing mentally untainted children that can grow up to be successful individuals capable of bringing development to the society as a whole. By staging gender equality, we are securing the next generation. Who needs another generation of bigots?
Empowering the LGBT community may seem like a threat to the non-LG members of society, but it actually is a positive thing. At present, the institution of marriage is unavailable for same sex couples in 38 states. In addition to that, the federal government also denies legally bound homosexual couples more than a thousand federal rights and benefits that come with marriage. This exclusion adversely affects members of the LGBT community in a wide array of ways.
It is to the general society’s benefit when homosexuals win the battle for basic equality. Most LGBT people dedicate their lives to the struggle for gender equality, thus they are not given the chance to grow as productive members of society. If they are just given this basic right to marry, then they can re-channel their dedication and resources to things that can help the society even more. Discrimination is an innately wrong act that harms both the giver and the receiver.
A Significant Economic Boost
That the institution of marriage has been established as beneficial to the economy means that same sex marriage is beneficial, too. After all, those two are not at all different! The wedding and marriage industry is a large one that is able to provide significant economic boosts. Allowing gay couples to marry also allows many business providers to service them. In New York for instance, nearly 260 million dollars was added into the economy in the year immediately following the legalization of same sex marriage, it also affects tourism by attracting gay couples from states that do not allow same sex marriage to stage the wedding in your state.
Furthermore, unmarried couples are found to be more unlikely to have health insurances, which in turn can cause unnecessary costs for all of us.
Upholding the American Psyche
The United States is internationally known for its advancements in pluralism. What better way to uphold this reputation than by granting a minority basic civil rights that the majority enjoys? At present, there are twenty eight countries that have moved past the United States in providing gender and marriage equality. This is very sad and ironic considering that America supposedly is the foreground of “liberty and justice for all.”
A good national identity and a strong international reputation benefit us all. This is a clear-cut epitome of the argument that legalizing same sex marriage benefits everyone in society, not just the LGBT. The government by the people for the people must note that providing gender equality benefits the straight community as much as it does the LGBT community, however unbeknownst it is to them at this point.
If you planning to get married yourself, please consider our beautiful San Francisco City Hall. It is a very symbolic place for San Francisco LGBT community with sad and happy moments. You can see more of my Same-Sex wedding photography here.
Joseph, SF Wedding Photographer