if that gay relationships are allowed, then why are there men and women?
I love this quote a lot. It is simple, yet very powerful in its message. I am a firm believer in LGBT rights, and Hillary Clinton's quote explains my reasoning perfectly. If LGBT Americans are citizens and pay taxes, they should be able to have citizen's benefits and rights, including marriage. It is not anyone's responsibility or right to dictate who can and cannot get married based on personal believes about sexuality.
I fully agree with Clinton's quote. The main arguments I hear on a day-to-day basis from those opposing gay marriage are that it is against the Bible, and that it would threaten the sanctity of marriage. While I am not religious myself I believe that religious values — however important they are to a religion — should not impact state or national laws. That is not to say that laws cannot align with religious codes, but rather that they should not rely solely on religious texts or ideals. American laws should serve the American people as a whole, not just the Christians or Jews or Muslims. Secondly, the claim that LGBT marriage would violate the sanctity of marriage is outright ludicrous to me. America has one of the highest divorce rates of any country. While I have great respect for single parents, on average, how can one dad or mom be better than two dads or two moms? In my opinion, all adult American citizens, regardless of sex or sexual orientation should be allowed to marry and obtain the rights and privileges that accompany marriage and religious beliefs should not play a part in American political discussion.