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By Natalie W.

Same-sex marriage is a topic that people never seem to be agreed on, a unanimous decision appears impossible. Although the world seems to develop towards a happier place to live in for everybody now that this issue at least is wildly debated and observed worldwide. The progress and prosperity this year compared to the election 4 years ago is positive. The supporters for same-sex marriage is growing rapidly and the fact that President Obama supports same-sex marriage is a huge benefit for gays and lesbians all around the world.

The United States Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr announces early this year that he is for gay marriage."If two people of the same sex fall in love and want to marry, why would our government stand in their way? At a time when many Americans lament a lack of commitment in our society between married men and women, why would we want less commitment and fewer strong marriages? If two people of the same-sex want to raise children, why would our government prevent them from doing so, especially when so many children have only one parent or none at all?" (The Huffington Post.com) Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr said: “Actually, much research and many experts concur with both points. Last month, the American Academy of Pediatrics, after an extensive review, declared that allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry is in the best interests of children. When critics worry this will lead to more adoptions by gay couples, they ignore that the alternative often is for these children to suffer in orphanages or in a flawed foster-care system.” (The New York Times.com)

Who decides whats right and wrong when it comes to love? How can people in todays society be against equality? In the end, the answer that realistically answers this question in todays society is the government, its what people vote for. What can we do to come up with a united answer to this question? It should be a civil right for a human being to marry whom ever he or she wants. Luckily we are on our way to make all people equal, and during last Wednesday's argument on DOMA, at least four of the justices suggested that the law improperly discriminates against gay couples by blocking the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages in the states that permit them. "A decision saying that DOMA is unconstitutional because it discriminates against people based on their sexual orientation, and requiring the federal government to give full recognition to the existing marriages of same-sex couples, would be a huge victory," said Paul Smith of the Washington, D.C., law firm of Jenner & Block. (NBC Politics.com)

Media is big reason for the success in the direction of this issue. Media has helped promote this topic, and it has definitely helped enlighten the subject and it has made people more aware. A lot of people show their support by posting the marriage equality symbol on websites such as Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Myspace. Human rights have for example been campaigning on Facebook with great success, 2.7 million people across the nation changed their profile pictures on Tuesday and Wednesday March 26-27th 2013. The power of celebrities have also helped lift this subject in favor for same-sex marriage. A lot of celebrities have helped campaign for same-sex marriage in media, and more and more celebrities “steps out of the closet” which inspires other people to find the courage to do so as well. Another example of that is the Swedish soccer player Anton Hysén who now is the only known national soccer team player in the world that is openly gay. He was also the first gay person to win the Swedish version of “Dancing With the Starts.”

Everything in life is not simply black or white, right or wrong, there is always shades in between. Life is not always easy to understand, but one thing that all people on earth ultimately strives for is happiness. If one human being falls in love with another human being, and if the feelings are mutual, this can result in true happiness. If the two human beings happen to be of the same sex, why shouldn't they be able to show their love through marriage? This should not even be an issue. If people starts to vote with their hearts and stop mixing, perceptions and religious interpretations with what their heart tells them, we would all live in a happier world.


Works Cited

1. The Huffington Post. Bob Casey Backs Gay Marriage. Web. 4/1/13 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/01/bob-casey-gay-marriage_n_2994199.html

2. The New York Times. Fight Against Gay Marriage Is Out dated. Web. 3/31/13 http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/01/us/01iht-letter01.html?_r=0

3. NBC Politics. Supreme Court likely to advance gay marriage but stop short of broad ruling. Web. 3/29/13 http://nbcpolitics.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/03/29/17505931-supreme-court-likely-to-advance-gay-marriage-but-stop-short-of-broad-ruling?lite

4. Real Clear Politics. “FOX News Watch” Panel on Media “Cheerleading” Gay Marriage. Web. 3/30/13 http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2013/03/30/fox_news_watch_panel_on_media_cheerleading_gay_marriage.html

5. Reuters. Supreme Court indicates it may strike down marriage law. Web. 3/27/13
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/27/us-usa-court-gaymarriage-idUSBRE92P04820130327

6. Los Angeles Times. Sen. Mark Kirk announces support for same-sex marriage. Web. 4/2/13
http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-pn-sen-kirk-gay-marriage-support-20130402,0,1286608.story