Currently, five states -- Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, Vermont, New Hampshire -- along with the District of Columbia, grant same-sex marriage licenses. We may soon be able to add another one to that list.
A new bill has been proposed that would legalize same-sex marriage in the state of New York. Should it pass, The Marriage Equality Act would grant gay couples equal rights to marry in addition to other benefits and protections that are currently only available to heterosexual married couples.
Obviously this bill has a long way to go through the proper channels before it is legalized, but it goes without saying that this would be an extraordinarily big step forward in the ongoing fight for gay rights. Personally I'm in full support of the act. If same-sex couples want to make the ultimate relationship commitment, I really don't understand the resistance.
The institution of marriage is being made a mockery by heterosexual couples everyday. Whether it's through infidelity, extra-marital children, or the extremely high (and consistently rising) divorce rate, heterosexual marriages have turned into a sham. Most couples treat their vows like a freestyle they spit when they were drunk and now they can't remember the hardest line they said; for better or worse...as long as we both shall live (BARS!!!). These days it's inspiring to see couples passionate enough about their relationships that they fight to make them a part of their everyday civil liberties.
Are you for or against same-sex marriage? Do you think that it should be legal nationally, or are you ok with each state having their say?