- New York State Legislature
- United States of America
United States citizens have the Constitutional right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, as long as those pursuits don't infringe on the rights of others. The pursuit of happiness through marriage is a long accepted tradition, one which federal law, and many state’s laws, forbid if the prospective pair is of the same sex. Homosexuality does not infringe upon anyone's rights, except where couples are being prosecuted for having a different way of life.
Disallowing homosexual coupling could be looked upon as an infringement of the citizens’ rights, because it is a nonviolent union, formed to pursue happiness, not to violate anyone’s rights. Christianity is a major religion in the United States, but we also have the freedom to choose to follow any religion we wish.
While Christianity is anti-homosexual, not every religion is, and not everyone in the United States is Christian. Therefore, not everyone thinks homosexuality is an unforgivable tendency, and many support it. Thousands of people, if not hundreds of thousands, have expressed their desire to support homosexuals. The opposition is almost entirely religously based, and unconstitutional.
We, the undersigned, call on the State of New York to legalize homosexual marriage under the People's constitutional right for the pursuit of happiness.
There is no reason to oppress homosexuality, and quite frankly, we shouldn't.
The Legalize Homosexual Marriage petition to New York State Legislature was written by Ravyn Eriks and is in the category Human Rights at GoPetition.