by Chris McDonald (Photos by Justin Sullivan)
As the debate over Gay Marriage heats up in my home state, as well as the country, it seems more and more inevitable that gays and lesbians will soon have the same rights as their straight counterparts. It has been a policy that has fired up conservatives looking to shut the book, and liberals aiming to close the deal.
In Maryland, the Senate has already passed a bill, which will be up for debate in the Maryland House, and is sure to spark a divide. The House concedes they do not have enough votes to send the bill to the Governor’s desk, but plan on pushing many on-the-fence lawmakers to back the bill.
Where do you stand WHW Family? Even if you aren’t from Maryland, I would like your input:
Do you support gay marriage?
- Yes (65%)
- No (35%)
I support the right for every American to be married, regardless of their sexual orientation. Period. This country is still fluttering through the turbulence of an economic tailspin, inflation is driving food prices through the roof, unemployment remains high, and gasoline prices are rising (literally) every day! At some point we need to acknowledge our true priorities and move on from ideological combat, and Gay Marriage is a great start. The reasoning behind peoples view against Gay Marriage typically involves religious beliefs, or bias against gays. Get over it. Americans, whether gay or straight, all have a place in our country. The dream for a gay person isn’t any different than the dream of a straight person: Get a great job, find the man/woman of your dreams, get married, and live happily ever after. Gay people who work pay taxes just like the rest of us, they contribute to society the same way we do, why should they be excluded from marriage? At this point in my life, it doesn’t make sense to be so close minded. It’s not worth worrying about, I am personally more concerned about the country as a whole, and how we will avoid another economic meltdown.
Maryland is a mixing bowl of all different types of people. Many people will support the passage of Gay Marriage, many will oppose it bitterly until the end. I do believe it is only a matter of time before this bill hits Governor O’Malley’s desk. Our state needs help, and it will need help from both gay and straight people. Let’s give everyone the same opportunities, to be happy, that we seek for ourselves. It’s only fair, and it’s the only way to move the country forward.