Straight man for gay marriage
As a straight white male, one of the most generic demographics in the U.S., I am proud to say that I support same-sex marriage.
Seeing the article on the Washington Post website about the constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage in North Carolina last night made me sick to my stomach.
I still cannot possibly understand how a state contained enough ignorant people to deny marriage to two individuals in love. In this day and age, we are supposed to be accepting of others.
Well North Carolina, I ask you this: Would legalizing same-sex marriage in your state decrease productivity in the workplace, make your economy crash or cause someone’s day to be that much worse? (except to those hard-headed people who think that homosexuality is the worst thing to ever happen to anyone).
Maryland legalized same-sex marriage on March 1, and I’m pretty sure on March 2, everyone woke up in the morning and was able to walk around like they would on any other day.
But what was different on March 2 was that for same-sex couples, who are just as human as anyone else in this country were able to feel like they were accepted.
No longer did they have to feel like they were hated, or they couldn’t be denied the same basic human right of love.
I know that the Maryland bill is still facing referendum, but I have confidence that it will make it through and officially become law.
I have a tremendous amount of respect for President Obama coming out in support of same-sex marriage Wednesday, because I feel that it will give the cause some much-needed support, especially with the election season coming up.
Some people are calling the statement risky, but I don’t feel that any president should feel like they have to keep their opinions silent for fear of backlash.
While everyone is entitled to his or her opinion, I feel as if someone’s opinion shouldn’t be allowed to dictate another person’s life, especially when the person that it has impacting has done nothing wrong.
I can’t even begin to count the number of people that I know who have straight parents that have gotten divorced, heated or separated for some reason or another.
It’s not like divorce doesn’t happen to same-sex couples either, but why should they be denied the right to be just as miserable to straight couples? Because let’s be honest, most married couples are miserable.
Same-sex marriage is a really polarizing issue for obvious reasons, and people are bound to be against it, but I really hope that people can see love and marriage is something everyone has a right to, and no law should say otherwise.
Hopefully one day each state will have same-sex marriage legalized so that homosexuals can feel accepted, and feel like they have the ability to start a family and have a life like the “normal” American.