In the United States there are six states which allow same-sex marriage – only six. There are eighteen which do not recognize any kind of same-sex union, and Alabama is one of them. Imagine that. Eighteen states where you and your fiancé couldn’t get married and wouldn’t receive legal benefits of any kind of union. Only six states where you could receive a marriage certificate with benefits. Seems pretty unfair, doesn’t it?
There is no reason why same-sex marriage should not be legal. Why should someone be forced to argue about love or prove how valid their emotions are? Did we as a nation vote for heterosexual marriage? No, we certainly did not. Therefore, I don’t understand why same-sex marriage is even in question. It’s a right.
There isn’t a defining line between a gay person, a straight person, a bisexual person—someone may have a different sexuality than you, but you probably still share the same hopes and fears. We’re all human. We must do something about this close-minded mentality. If we, the new generation, stay silent, nothing will ever change. The Gay Rights movement is our Civil Rights movement. Until it is legal in every state for people of all sexualities to be married, be given the same adoption rights, and simply be treated equally, there will still be discrimination in America.