On Tuesday, Maine, Maryland and Washington voters chose to allow gay marriage in those states. Minnesota voted down amending their state constitution to state that marriage is between a man and a woman. They join Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Vermont and Washington D.C. in allowing two men or two women to marry. In addition, New Jersey and Rhode Island recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states, but do not allow it in their own states.

This is a huge cultural change in the past 16 years since the enactment of the Defense of Marriage Act. If you asked most Americans then, they would have not been in favor of allowing homosexuals the right to marry. Today, most Americans recognize that preventing two consenting adults from being allowed to marry not only goes against our own desires for freedom, but against the very idea of our nation.

The religious right would have us believe that homosexuals are an abomination, unnatural, and should be ostracized to the maximum extent to keep them from spreading their disease to us good, wholesome, hetero people. To that, I have one question: When did you decide to be straight? If you did not choose to be straight, then what could possibly convince you that homosexuals decided to be gay? Maybe they just love being bullied, beaten, ridiculed, and forced to live a lie so that their family and supposed friends won’t abandon them. I seriously doubt that that is the case. Not only that, but homosexuality is practiced throughout the animal kingdom, in part to curb over-population. It’s part of nature.

The majority of the American people see that allowing two people to marry has no impact on their quality of life. The government had no qualms with my recent marriage. Why should we prevent two people who profess love for one another from experiencing the same wonderful thing that I get to have? We shouldn’t let people’s rights be trampled because our country is founded on freedom of religion. We have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The only qualifier on that is as long as it does not take away another’s right to the same.

I hope that one day soon, I will be able to see my gay friends marry and enjoy the same lifetime of happiness that I am able to enjoy.

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