Gay Marriage: A Work in Progress

By Kerry Chan ’15

Gay marriage supporters rejoice because as of November 20, 35 states have legalized gay marriage. The other 15 states should follow their lead.

Support for gay marriage has grown drastically since The Defense of Marriage Act (D.O.M.A) was signed in 1996, when only 25% of the American public supported gay marriage. Now in 2014, more than half of the states support gay rights.

Despite the growing support for gay marriage, there are five states that have banned gay marriage and ten more state courts with pending marriage litigation.

It is disappointing that same sex couples can’t marry in some states. The United States has been a symbol of liberation and equality and yet same sex couples don’t have the same rights as others. Not allowing people to marry who they want based on their tastes is a form of discrimination.

Just like people should not be discriminated against their genders, race, or religion, they too shouldn’t be discriminated for their sexual orientation.

People should marry whoever they want and be happy; the government shouldn’t stop that, especially since the Declaration of Independence states that people have the unalienable rights of life, liberty and pursuit of happiness.

“If they accept the Lord and have goodwill, who am I to judge them? They shouldn’t be marginalized. The tendency [to homosexuality] is not the problem…they’re our brothers,” said Pope Francis in an impromptu meeting with journalists according to did-pope-francis-say-homosexual- behavior-is-ok/

The reason why states are clinging onto their anti-gay marriage arguments is because people are unwilling to accept change. Marriage has been traditionally between a man and a woman and others argue that even if gay marriage is accepted, same sex couples will have a negative stigma.

However, times are changing. People used to marry to bind families together for financial reasons but now people marry because they love each other. Time also changes stigmas and stereotypes. The negative stigma for homosexuality will eventually fade. Legalizing gay marriage for the whole country will speed up the inevitable acceptance of a group of people that should have been accepted long ago.

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