Student stance on gay marriage


Claire Peralta, Staff Reporter

The promise of love and lifelong dedication to another person is called a partnership, and the legal union to that person is called marriage, which guarantees legal and federal benefits, benefits that should be guaranteed for all United States citizens. Gay marriage is an extremely controversial topic for many. However with much press surrounding the Supreme Court debate over whether or not gay marriage should be legalized, this is becoming a regular conversation among my peers.

The simple idea that gay marriage undermines traditional marriage is preposterous. Two people who love each other wanting to be married under the law does not undermine the idea of marriage at all. What undermines the values of marriage would be Kim Kardashian’s 72-day marriage, or Britney Spears’ infamous Las Vegas marriage, which lasted a grand total of 55 hours. And who are we to take away a couple’s rights to be married? Their sole purpose of wanting a legal marriage is not to laugh or sneer in your face because their mission was to “devalue traditional marriage”, but rather to unite themselves, two loving people, so that they may have the federal and personal benefits that they are being denied by not being able to legally marry.

The Supreme Court is currently debating the constitutionality of DOMA, or the Defense of Marriage Act, a 1996 law passed that selectively denies same-sex couples federal responsibilities and rights. Equal protection under the law is a supposed guaranteed right for American citizens. Yet, without legal marriage rights, this value is undermined, making life difficult for gay partners to have stability in their families, and denies their children stability and legal benefits as well.

 The Respect for Marriage Act is  “A partnership of more than 100 civil rights, faith, health, labor, business, legal, LGBT, student, and women’s organizations working together to end the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and grow support for the freedom to marry.”( act would would repeal DOMA, giving constitutional rights such as social security benefits, access to health coverage, recognition of family ties for immigration purposes, and thousands of other rights to homosexuals.

While many believe that being homosexual is a choice, extensive research  shows that homosexuality is the result of genetics and a difference in brain structure.  This led homosexual to be changed from “preference” to “orientation” due to the discovery of an autosomal recessive trait. While many believe homosexuality is a decision, these studies prove otherwise. Homosexuality has been found in every species on the planet, further demonstrating the genetic aspect. However, homophobia has only been found in one species: ours.

The fight over rights for all people is a battle that we have struggled with for centuries. It has caused war, death, suffering, and weakened our resolve as a people. This is America. We are a strong culture founded on independence and equal rights for all. People flock from all over the world to live the “American Dream”, yet our own citizens have to cross state lines to marry. This isn’t the nature of the American spirit.

Every day we pledge “Liberty and Justice for all!” proudly to the American flag, and we should honor that pledge. We should be past creating a second class for others because of their skin pigmentation, what they believe in, or who they love. In order to create a truly equal, stable society we need to give all American citizens the option of legal marriage rights , whether or not they love a man or a woman. It may seem far-fetched, but even as a teenager, you can help all American citizens be granted rights to marry by signing this petition sponsored by the Human Rights Campaign to repeal DOMA. While I realize that legalizing marriage isn’t going to resolve the prejudice many may have against homosexuals, erase the stereotype that every single gay man wants to go shopping with you and your friends, or stop bullying against kids and teens already struggling with their sexual orientation overnight, I think it’s a pretty good place to start. Allow every citizen, no matter who they love, equal rights of an American citizen. It’s time to change history.

Whether you support Gay Marriage or not, you can contact our elected congressional representative Sam Johnson of the Third District of Texas here with opinions or ideas.