This video first surfaced on my Facebook feed yesterday morning and was shared/liked over 1.2 million times on Facebook and at the time of this review, viewed over 11 million times on YouTube. With all that attention on one video, one question remains, if so many people support this video, why can't we have a federal law that supports same-sex marriage? If those people that clicked through to the video could click in a voting booth, we'd have our answer.
I watched this video and was taken aback, in the best sense of the phrase, by this young man who is only 19 and speaks about his experience being raised by two lesbians. He is speaking to the Iowa government about gay marriage. I thought that he was my age! He is so well spoken that there is no doubt in my mind that he's a Poli-Sci major and I would vote for him.
He speaks about his experience and how his family is just like every other family. The part that stood out to me is when the conversation about same-sex marriage occurs, the question of gays able to raise a family comes up and silence immediately follows. I have had some personal experience with a friend of mine in high school and his two dads. I never thought of it as weird and loved the two dads, who, yes were both called dad. They raised a great kid with a big heart and a social consciousness who would go on to have his own (heterosexual) family. I add that note because often people say, ignorantly, that if gays raised kids that the kids would be gay and that's just not true.
This young man does a great job speaking up for the kids of gay couples and shows a great example to those that doubted that homosexual couples can raise a kid just as well as a heterosexual couple. He brings an important and necessary voice to the same-sex debate.
Rather than express an opinion, I want to discuss some of the problems inherent in this discussion, especially where the courts are involved. In the interest of full disclosure I think that same-sex marriage should be legalized in the United States either through the courts or through the legislative process, but I am deeply concerned that many of the simplistic arguments on both sides of the issue would result in severe and unintended consequences. I also do oppose … more
Same-Sex Marriage. That big controversial issue that some people look up and say, "Why is this an issue?" and others who respond by saying, "It's an issue because God condemns it." Well, okay, God condemns it (just like he condemns divorce--but no one is jumping up to make that illegal now, are they?), and that's okay. People are entitled to their beliefs. In an interview with Oprah, Jon Stewart remarked, "Well, I was against it at first but then … more
Yes, gay marriage is a very hotly debated subject in America these days, especially with it becoming legal in California earlier this year. I am in full support of the legalization of gay marriage, for the fundamental reason that I believe that people should be allowed to act in a manner which they desire so long as they do not impede on the rights of anyone else. The United States national government exists for the purpose of protecting our rights, as our founding fathers wrote down in the Declaration … more
Be Maybe One Day Jason Standart Life, Liberty, and Justice for all! Today that has changed and I am no longer included in this. The rights of my friends, my loved ones, and myself have been taken away. All because some people do not like the fact we are GAY. Do we not bleed, Do we not feel, Do we not cry just like you Who is someone else to decide whether or not our love is true. All people are created equal! No truer words have ever been spoken But now based on … more
Same-sex marriage and gay marriage are terms for a legally or socially recognized marriage between two people of the same sex.
The first country to allow same-sex couples to enter into legally recognized marriage was the Netherlands, effective in 2001. Since then, six other countries and seven U.S. states have followed suit, though voters in California revoked it through passage of Proposition 8. Proponents of same-sex marriage regard it as a human right to be able to enter into marriage regardless of sexual orientation. Those who oppose same-sex marriage often base their opposition on the perceived societal impact of same-sex marriage, concerns about indirect consequences of same-sex marriage, parenting concerns, tradition, or religious grounds. In 16 countries, and specific jurisdictions within 5 others, same-sex couples can join in a civil union but cannot marry. Additionally, Israel, the U.S. state of New York and Washington, D.C. recognize legal same-sex marriages from other jurisdictions but do not perform their own. Political and legal debate continues in over two dozen other countries and multiple U.S. states.