Ever since I was old enough to understand that some people of the same sex love each other, I’ve found it ridiculous that they can’t marry each other the same way that heterosexual couples can.
The Constitution claims that “all men are created equal.” If this holds true, then shouldn’t gay couples have the same rights as straight couples?
If a young child can figure this out, then why is it taking educated adults in positions of power such a long time to figure this out?
The struggles that homosexuals are going through right now are the same as other minority groups in American history, such as African-Americans and women.
I was under the impression that we teach history in our schools in order to prevent making the same mistakes as the generations that came before us. If this is truly the goal of teaching history, then clearly we are failing.
The reasons that people have against gay marriage defy logic. According to the opponents of gay marriage, allowing homosexuals to get married will destroy the institution of marriage, lead to people marrying animals, and if gay couples are allowed to raise children, those children will end up gay as well.
First of all, I don’t understand how gay marriage destroys the institution of marriage.
There are plenty of straight couples who destroy the institution of marriage. Just look at celebrities who have gotten married and divorced within the span of a couple of days.
Also, I would argue that banning gay marriage is what destroys the institution of marriage and what it means to be a family.
By banning gay marriage and making being a homosexual socially unacceptable, there are going to be people who never reveal their true feelings.
As a result, some may end up marrying a straight person and raising a family with that person.
This isn’t fair to either person in the relationship. The under-cover homosexual is only pretending to love his or her wife or husband, while the straight person in the relationship doesn’t understand why his or her spouse isn’t as affectionate as he or she would like.
Another argument against gay marriage, which has never made sense to me is the rationalization that allowing gay marriage will lead to people marrying animals.
For one thing, animals can’t consent to marriage.Also, why would we allow bestiality just because we allow gay marriage?
The argument that gay couples shouldn’t raise children is also faulty logic.
How are two people of the same sex raising a child any different than two straight people raising a child or a single parent raising a child?
There are plenty of straight couples who are incompetent of raising children, but do so anyway. Gay couples stand an equal chance of being good parents.
Also, some people fear that gay parents will raise gay children. There are plenty of straight couples who raise gay children, so why wouldn’t gay couples raise straight children?
Although it is true that it shouldn’t be taking as long as it is to legalize gay marriage across America, at least we are moving in the right direction, even if we are moving at a turtle’s pace.
More and more people are moving in support of gay marriage, as compared to a couple years ago when significantly less people were in support of it.
Hopefully Obama coming out in support of gay marriage is a sign that marriage will be recognized for what it is: a right that should be allowed to everyone, regardless of sexual orientation.
Meghan O’Rourke/Opinion editor