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Marriage Is a Right, Not A Privilege

California’s Prop 8 has been shot down as part of a new wave of support for same-sex marriage.KEVIN

By Kevin Jersey | STAFF WRITER
On March 20, 2012

 

An appeals court has ruled that a proposed law banning same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. That is great news, but it is not enough. It is time for Proposition 8 to be repealed completely and for California to rec­ognize that everyone, regardless of their sexual orientation, has the right to marry the person they love.

Courts have repeatedly said that all people have the right to be treated equally, yet there are still people who want nothing more than to deny same-sex couples that right. Those people are wrong. They are using a false sense of morality to oppress a group of people who they see as different.

Two of the three justices who heard the appeal rejected the pro­posal, ruling that it "serves no pur­pose, and has no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California, and to officially reclassify their rela­tionships and families as inferior to those of opposite-sex couples."

Gays and lesbians are not infe­rior, and neither are their relation­ships. Love between two people is a beautiful thing, and to think that it could somehow be any less simply because the two people share a gen­der is ridiculous. More than that, it shows that anyone with that opinion does not know what love really is.

This country has a history of evolving its views on marriage. There was a time not so long ago when a couple would have been forbidden to marry based solely on a difference of the color of their skin. However, the lawmakers of this country came to their senses and realized that love does not see color.

It is time for them to come to their senses and realize that love does not see gender either. Love is love, and it is something that should be celebrated by anyone lucky enough to find it, not just those who happen to fall into an outdated and erroneous definition championed by a vocal minority of people.

Opinions are shifting. While the opposition may make a lot of noise, the actions of the majority speak louder than the words of the minority, and those favoring marriage equality are now that majority. New York and Washington have both voted to rec­ognize same-sex marriage and will soon be joined by Maryland. The New Jersey legislature also voted to approve same-sex marriage, though the governor has ignored their vote and decided to veto the decision. Nationwide recent polls show for the first time that more Americans sup­port same-sex marriage than oppose it. This support is even stronger amongst voters between the ages of 18 and 29, suggesting that additional equal rights laws will be passed and additional discriminatory laws will be repealed as more youth enter the voting booths.

Marriage is a right. It is a right that all loving couples should have, not something that should be used to divide "us" from "them." People who claim to be protecting the insti­tution of marriage don't know whom "us" is. They think "us" means het­erosexuals, but it doesn't. Everyone is "us." Everyone wants to love and be able to declare their love for another person in an official, binding way. Everyone deserves the right to celebrate that love and share it with the world, and no one can take that right away.


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