Currently, there are six states that have legalized gay marriage. Some states even allow same-sex unions. But a large portion of the U.S. does not allow same-sex marriages or civil unions, and chooses not to recognize same-sex marriages performed out-of-state.
New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, Vermont, New Hampshire and the District of Columbia are the only states that allow gay marriage.
Though the Human Rights Campaign and other organizations that support marriage equality are putting forth their best efforts toward the cause, many states, particularly in the southern and midwest regions of the country, completely ban same-sex commitment ceremonies.
Now that you have been informed on the current status, I’d like to continue by saying this: WHAT’S THE PROBLEM?
Our country gone so far off track we cannot even allow people to show love toward one another. We are “supposedly” the country of freedom and liberty, but we still treat the people who live here with discrimination and hold them to standards that should have long-since died out.
We our in a fast-paced, constantly changing society. The fact is, some people need to accept that it’s no longer 1776. We have worked hard to get where we are as a country that others can look up to.
If two people that love each want to share that love with the rest of the world, who are we, as a country, to stop them?
Many people use the argument of maintaining the traditional values of marriage or the sanctity of the institution. The last time I checked, most people back in the “good ‘ole days” only married because they HAD to, not because they wanted to.
Marriage is the concept of a life-long commitment to another person, and if two people of the same sex want to spend the rest of their lives together, we have no right to deny them of that.
The bottom line is this: love is love. Whether it be the love between a mother and child, the love between two siblings or the love between a man and man…a woman and a woman…or a man and a woman.