Target: Prime Minister of the United Kingdom David Cameron
Goal: Commend the United Kingdom for legalizing gay marriage
Same-sex marriage has officially been legalized in England and Wales as of today despite resistance from religious groups. After years of struggle, the state, if not the church, will recognize same-sex marriage. The LGBT community has fought for years to gain marriage equality in the United Kingdom, and the government should be commended for taking a huge step forward in the fight for equality.
Across the world, the LGBT community faces persecution, injustice, and even threats of death. Many countries do not legally recognize gay marriage, and thus deny same-sex couples the rights and benefits conferred by marriage. Though civil unions may grant similar rights, they are not the same as marriages, and may not always benefit same-sex couples to the same extent as opposite-sex pairs. Marriage is often crucial in granting protections and the right to make decisions for one’s partner. There have been many cases of same-sex couples in civil unions that are denied the right to visit their partner in hospitals, make medical choices on their behalf, or claim certain benefits.
Full, legally recognized marriage is necessary to provide same-sex couples with the same benefits and protections as traditionally defined marriage. Moreover, this is an important social precedent, establishing the legality of same-sex relationships in the eyes of the law and providing much-needed recognition of the importance of equality for the LGBT community in all sectors of society.
Dear Prime Minister David Cameron,
England and Wales have both taken an important step for human rights in legalizing same-sex marriage. The LGBT community has fought for marriage equality for years, and though civil partnerships offered similar benefits, legal recognition of same-sex marriage is ideologically and socially important in this day when same-sex couples still face persecution and injustice across the world.
Thank you for enacting laws that finally grant marriage equality to same-sex couples. By taking action, the United Kingdom has set an important precedent in the eyes of the international community and given same-sex individuals the protections, rights, and benefits of marriage. The fight for equality must continue, but the United Kingdom has taken a momentous step for human rights.
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