Same Sex-Marriage: The Fight for Equality

Algeo Rosario, Reporter

With the many debates going on in our country one of them is the topic of same sex marriage.

According to the Washington Post, an average of 55-58 percent of people in the U.S. are in favor of same sex marriage.

Opponents argue that making same sex marriage legal will make other people gay, it’s “gross” and “weird,” and because it’s against their religious views. These beliefs, however, are completely illogical and aren’t sufficient reasons  for people to oppose this basic liberty.

Although the thought of being gay has been associated with negative connotations, there is nothing wrong with two men or two women being together. Despite what people think, gay people don’t influence others to be gay in any way. If a gay couple raises a child, it will not ensure that the child will be gay.

An individual should have the right to love someone and dedicate his/her life to someone, whether the person is gay or straight. Same sex marriage will not harm anyone in any way so I don’t understand why people are against it.

It’s really no one else’s business if two people of the same sex want to get married. People should feel free to do whatever they want because this country was based on freedom.  The government should not have a say on who to marry.

Legalized gay marriage is available in ten states. Currently, in Colorado, Illinois and Hawaii, civil unions are offered to same-sex couples. In a civil union, couples are legally recognized as partners and are granted similar rights as a married couple. Even though they have a few of the same rights that married couples do, it’s not an actual marriage. Civil unions are pointless if these couples cannot receive the same rights or actually get married at all. The fact that all the states don’t accept this is very disappointing.

It’s still discouraging how same-sex marriage is still not recognized in some states. Again, same-sex marriage doesn’t affect anyone in any way. People should accept the fact that people should marry who they want, regardless of gender.