Sean Gunderson, Minot
Lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgenders (LGBTs) should have the same social equality as everyone else in America. They are discriminated for being who they are, just like minorities were in America in the 20th century, but unlike then where minorities could still have the ability to marry and have families, LGBTs are pretty much entirely denied it.
America is lagging behind compared to its closest allies when comes to this issue. According to pewforum.com, sixteen of them, including Canada and the UK, have laws that protect marriage equality. The most common form of defense for why America doesn't is to use the bible without any actual citation of any verses. But, it has a few verses that support rights for LGBTs, or at least verses against the discrimination of them. One example of this is Matthew 7:1-2 which says: "Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured against you." Someone could counter by using Leviticus 18:22 or 20:13, but Leviticus is part of the Old Testament, which Christianity is more loosely based on compared to the New Testament in which Matthew is from.
America used to be the world's greatest innovator and forward thinker, but that prestige can be stripped when this issue is brought up. Old traditions that America refuses to rethink has led to other countries leading us in equality for all. Why can't America pull another great act like Civil Rights and give people the equality they are suppose to be born with?