Unless you’ve been living under a rock for 35 years, I’m sure you’ve heard of the huge debate concerning “gay marriage.” I have strong opinions about this (and most things) and chose it as the topic for my senior honors thesis. I’ve been doing quite a bit of research and reading on the issue for months now and find it fascinating. Recent headlines have touted a victory for the equality as “most Americans support gay marriage” in a new poll (read more here and here).
I was thrilled to read this–and have more evidence for my thesis, honestly haha. But one thing still kinda irks me about the whole issue. Why must people call it “gay” marriage? Like it’s different from “real” or “straight” marriage? It may be just an innocent descriptor for the topic, however I think it has inherent, deeper consequences that really show the true colors of the debate.
Now I know, I know. It is “different.” I’ve read SO MANY articles quoting homosexual couples themselves saying they don’t want a typical heterosexual union, that they want to differentiate themselves. That’s great and understandable. However, the option for equality should be there for them to take advantage of. Like any
other couple. Some heterosexual unions aren’t “typical” marriages either. Who knows what that even means?!
I’ll get off my soapbox now, but my main point in this post is that… to me, it’s just marriage. Not gay marriage, not straight marriage. Just marriage. And everyone should be entitled to it.