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"Without shameless self-promotion I have experienced success in speech and debate, journalism and academics, am politically involved in my community and have received acceptance to prestigious colleges across the country.
Same-sex parents are not, by definition, unfit to parent and same-sex families are not, by definition, any more troubled than 'regular' families.
A topic debate is the effects on children that are raised by same sex couples.
Marriage protects children and gives them certain benefits.
This should be the same for all the other countries and states that ban same sex marriage.
The Canadian government ruled on June 10th 2003 to overturn the laws that prevented same sex couples from marrying.
Research by the APA has also shown that marriage provides substantial psychological and physical health benefits due to the moral, economic and social support extended to married couples.
Conversely, recent empirical evidence has illustrated the harmful psychological effect of policies restricting marriage rights for same-sex couples.