Same Sex Marriage Outline: 1. Attention Getter: Short video on gay rights struggles. 2. Bond: Everyone in the audience knows someone or has come into contact with someone who is gay. Statistically 1 in every 10 are openly gay. 3. This is a topic that is of importance to me because i am homosexual. lesbians and Gays should be able to marry because denying them is a violation of their civil rights, homosexuality is an accepted lifestyle now, and it doesn't hurt anyone in society. Transition: Lets begin by talking about the constitution. All men are created equal, and have 3 unalienable rights: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. I. Denying them the right to marry is a violation of their civil rights. -Marriage is a fundamental human right. -It has become a way in which the state recognizes an emotional commitment between two people for each other for life. -If one believes in civil rights under the law, why should it legally be denied because of their personal preference. -gays have struggled for decades to get the same rights as heterosexual couples. -This violates the equal protection of the due process of the 5th amendment, which creates a definition of marriage for all federal purposes. -They are denied basic rights such as the right to make medical decisions, if they are arrested, they can be forced to testify against their partners, in will and testaments, families can challenge a partner on behalf of the deceased's affairs. Transition: Why is everyone so afraid of change? This is the 21 century. II. Homosexuality is an accepted li! fe style now -Many say that it destroys the sanctity of marriage, when in fact, the over 50% divorce rate destroys the sanctity of marriage. -Many believe that marriage is created for procreation -People can reproduce even if they are not married, and some heterosexual couples cannot reproduce at all. -There are many ways of having children now, adoption, artificial insemination, etc. -We are living in a country that has fought for decades to be able to express themselves the way that they want to. Why should this be any different? Transition: Homosexuality is becoming widely accepted now in society because it does not hurt people. -III. same sex Marriage does not hurt anyone in society -Homosexuality does not encourage others to become gay. -Teaches acceptance rather than hate. -Homosexuality has been around since the beginning of time. it has not stopped procreation. -This is not an effort to let children know that homosexuality is the right way to go. Transition: Now that we have discussed how same sex marriage is not a danger to society lets recap why it should be legal. Conclusion: Denying homosexuals the right to marry is a violation of their civil rights, it is no longer a taboo, and it does not hurt society. I urge you fellow students to stand up for equal rights for everyone. Without it, our society will cease to live in peace.