On Thursday, Rhode Island and Minnesota will become the 11th and 12th states, along with the District of Columbia, to allow same-sex marriage. Yahoo invited state residents to share their perspectives. Here’s one. Also, read profiles of six couples marrying Thursday and soon after.
COMMENTARY | My friends Kim and Nancy live in Minnesota. They have been in a committed relationship for several years. The legalization of same-sex marriage will impact their lives and community immensely. During their committed relationship they have suffered the ups and downs as most relationships. Yet, being in a same-sex relationship brings about more difficult issues.
Imagine being in a relationship with someone whom you adore, but not being able to spiritually, symbolically, and hold-heartedly express your love through the ceremonial union of marriage. The legalization of same-sex marriage in Minnesota is no doubt a victory, but it comes late.
A few years ago Kim and Nancy traveled to California to exchange their vows of love and devotion in a beautiful wedding among family and friends.
Shortly thereafter proposition 8 was overturned, and although Kim and Nancy’s union is solid and valid in the state of California, the overturning of proposition 8 continues to prohibit same-sex couples from marrying.
It’s sad that society can’t accept and recognize the love and commitment of two human beings, as just that. Unfortunately, the majority of communities will not openly accept same-sex marriage. Nor will they acknowledge that same-sex couples should be allotted the same rights as heterosexuals.
Making same-sex marriage legal in the United States one state at a time, will become a historic and life-changing event. Overtime this will be an evitable occurrence.
Before the recent presidential election I had an opportunity to interview Kim and Nancy about their relationship and their stance on same-sex marriage. Anyone who opposes an individual’s right to marry despite their gender should listen to Kim and Nancy’s interview. The story is most common among people who desperately want the same rights as heterosexuals.
Listen to the part 1 interview of Kim and Nancy as it will impact a large percentage of Americans.
Same-sex marriage will more than likely affect every American. If not directly, it will definitely impact them indirectly. Everyone knows someone who is gay or lesbian, be it a relative, friend, etc. Legalizing same-sex marriage will enforce the definition of civil rights.