Of course it seems like the right to your life is the most important but it’s not.
The problem identifying the most important right means developing a system to measure the importance of a right. A system of ranking would mean identifying the basis of rights.
What are the criteria to identify then assigning the criteria upon each of the rights that are to be judged.
Ayn Rand wrote the most important words about Rights.
“The right to life is the source of all rights — and the right to property is their only implementation. Without property rights, no other rights are possible. Since man has to sustain his life by his own effort, the man who has no right to the product of his effort has no means to sustain his life. The man who produces while others dispose of his product, is a slave.
Bear in mind that the right to property is a right to action, like all the others: it is not the right to an object, but to the action and the consequences of producing or earning that object. It is not a guarantee that a man will earn any property, but only a guarantee that he will own it if he earns it. It is the right to gain, to keep, to use and to dispose of material values.
The concept of individual rights is so new in human history that most men have not grasped it fully to this day. In accordance with the two theories of ethics, the mystical or the social, some men assert that rights are a gift of God — others, that rights are a gift of society. But, in fact, the source of rights is man’s nature.”
America has a written constitution so a right can be measured by comparing the Constittion to the right to determine how close it comes to the Constitution.
The problem is there’s no mention in the Constitution about any right at all. The Bill of Rights which was written and passed after the Constitution is commonly held to be the list of the rights of Americans but remember, the opposition said there’s no need to list the rights because the government has no approval to act so as to violate any one of them.
Some say the Bill of Rights was an attempt to summarize the more important, perhaps the most important rights but there’s no list of the other rights. None.
The Constitution and the Bill of Rights didn’t make a list of all of the rights then select the most important ones. It made to list at all and the Bill of Rights is only ten statements about rights.
Suppose a culture made the right to life depend on approval of the King, as it does in England even today. English citizens have no right to own a gun without government (the King’s) approval. In England no one has any Natural Right at all since every right is subject to the Kings approval and can be eliminated if or when the King disapproves of it.
England lacks a written Constitution so there’s no way to know if a right adheres to the constitution in England.
Things are much different and far better in America where the basis of the law, the Constitution was written down and when an issue strays too far from the Constitution it can always be pointed to as the basis to go back to the law.
The right to life is useless if government will not allow individuals to decide the most important part of human life which is the freedom to live it un-coerced.
So the Right To Liberty is at least as important as the right to your life. But so are other rights as important, perhaps more important than the right to your life.
The Right to Love is not recognized as a right but it should be and it should be obvious that the Right to Love would end the augments about the right of gay people to love and of course to marry.
If heterosexuals have a right to love then so do all the other classes of humans.
Same for the Right to Hate. For some people life would be intolerable without the ability to hate but the idea of Rights doesn’t provide the power to act against the people whom we hate. So hate is OK, and perhaps good in many cases because emotion can have survival value but there’s no right to abuse people because you hate them.
So to all of those who oppose Gay Marriage it’s OK to hate people but you cannot stop them from their right to love and if there is a right to marry, and there is, then gay people can marry on their own merits.