The two photographs shown above visually represent and support the argument against same-sex marriage. I chose these two photos, out of the hundreds of thousands that were listed and posted among social media sites and the internet, because these photographs stood out and spoke to me. The two photos were taken at same-sex marriage rallies. These photographs visually represent the struggle same-sex couples faced prior to the Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage.
The first photograph states, “We the People…that means ALL of us!” To me, this is a valid argument supporting same-sex marriage. It demonstrates that everyone should be treated equally, because we are all members and citizens of the United States of America, aka the “land of the free.” This photograph stood out to me because it shows how “the people” of the United States are actually not treated equally, at all. Each member of society is treated differently, due to their skin color, sexual orientation, etc. However, when regarding the Constitution, it does state “We the People,” in which every citizen is counted as a person. Each citizen deserves equal rights, because we were all created equally. In the United States, same-sex couples were being denied the right to marry, which was a right granted to “ALL” citizens of the United States.
This photograph is a strong, valid, visual argument supporting same-sex marriage and showing the difficulties and inequalities same-sex couples and homosexuals face daily, simply because of their sexual orientation.
The second photograph states, “I didn’t ask her to ‘civil union’ me.” This photograph also caught my eye and spoke out to me. If this photograph does not sum up the struggle of inequality among same-sex couples, I do not know what does. This is a perfect, visual example of how a civil union is NOT the same as a marriage. One example of how a civil union differs from a marriage is that although a civil union provides the same protection as a marriage, it is only available at the state level, not federal. A civil union also does not transfer from state to state. The sign shows that when asking to marry someone, one does not say, “Will you civil union me?” They say, “Will you marry me?” It visually represents the struggle same-sex couples faced prior to the Supreme Court ruling, and that there IS a difference between a civil union and a marriage.
In both photographs, the signs were hand made by protestors supporting same-sex marriage. Just because the two in the photographs support same-sex marriage, but not mean they are homosexuals, which is a common assumption in today’s society (that one who protests MUST be a homosexual). However, one does not know the sexual orientation of those in the photographs. Regardless of whether the two are members of the LGBTQIA community or just simply allies, it does not matter. They are protesting and fighting for equal rights that every member and citizen of the United States deserves and are entitled to. The intended audience for these signs are for everyone among society, specifically statesmen and court justices who do not recognize same-sex marriage. The photographs represents the struggle and inequalities same-sex couples faced each and every day of their lives, prior to the Supreme Court ruling. Although same-sex marriage is now legal among the United States, same-sex couples still face daily ridicule and discrimination, simply because of their sexual orientation.