Has the Time for Same-Sex Marriage Come?
On May 9th, 2012 Obama finally stated his stance on same-sex marriage. In his interview with ABC News that morning he gave his affirmation on same-sex marriage. The White House Blog tells you how this was no easy decision for president, and it took him quite some time to come up with his position in this debate between same-sex marriage. His decision started off with talking to the First Lady, Michelle Obama, about what his and hers stance should be on this issue. From there it led to him talking to many people that were in same-sex relationships that were serving in office or fighting over seas because of Obama’s earlier policy that was passed- Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. After that he went onto talking to his two daughters, Sasha and Malia, who happen to have friends whose parents are same-sex couples. His two daughters were unaware of the fact that their friends’ parents are being treated differently because they are in same-sex relationships. The president, after much contemplation, decided his stance and ended with “treat others the way you would want to be treated”. A statement we learned in kindergarten right?
Personally, I feel as if that same-sex marriage is not a big deal. Don’t people always say, “Love is blind”? If we believe in that statement then why are we giving the same-sex couples such a hard time? I see no difference in a woman and woman getting married, a man and man getting married, or a man and a woman getting married. Love knows no gender, it just happens and no one can control whom he or she love. And, honestly, we’re in a generation where it’s acceptable to get divorced after 72 days, but a same-sex couple that has been partners for 30+ years has no rights to marriage. How does that even remotely seem okay to people?
In the constitution the 14th Amendment section 1 states, “No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States… nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws”. Marriage is a privilege in the United States and the 14th amendment clearly states that no state shall make or enforce laws that take away men and women’s privileges. Not letting same-sex couples could be considered unconstitutional, but then people bring “religion” into it. America is a country that can’t force any religion upon you, and since we have religious freedom they shouldn’t be allowed to use “faith” and “religion” to control whether or not they can get married or not.
This issue may continue on for the next few years, or the next few decades. Either way, this is an issue that needs to be targeted and an issue that needs to be given more thought. Imagine waking up one day and knowing that you don’t have the rights to get married.