United Because of Love, Kept Apart Because of the Government Did you know, as of July 20, 2011, gay marriage remains legal in the following states: Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, Vermont, New Hampshire, New York, and the District of Columbia? Thirty states have constitutional amendments banning gay marriage. Did you know, Massachusetts, which became the first state to legalize gay marriage on May 17, 2004, had the lowest divorce rate in the country in 2008? Its divorce rate declined 21% between 2003 and 2008. These facts are just a minor part of why I personally am pro- gay marriage. The main reason I feel so strongly about gay marriage, is simply, because I believe that no one can tell you whom to love. Who one loves is his or her right and really should not directly affect anyone else. Seeing how gay marriage has grown to be so controversial and growing up in the community I grew up in, I strongly believe that gay marriage should be legalized to properly unite those who are already united by love.
Before I continue, I think it is important to know a brief history about gay marriage. When Marcia Hams and Susan Shepherd cut into their wedding cake at city hall in Cambridge, Mass., on May 17, 2004, the became the first same-sex couple in the U.S. to complete a state-sanctioned marriage application. When these two were united, they probably hoped their union would open the doors for gay couples across the country. Instead, this couple’s marriage opened the doors to a magnanimous debate over the issue. Same-sex marriage has a short but controversial history in the U.S. It first came to the nation’s attention in a 1993. In Hawaii, a case in which judges found that the state's constitution required a compelling reason not to extend to gays equal marriage rights. The ruling prompted Congress to push through the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, which prevented homosexual couples from receiving benefits traditionally conferred by marriage. Since then, states have...
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