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    Posted November 29, 2013 by
    La Crosse, Wisconsin

    The legalization of Gay Marriage in the United States

    Gay marriage is a diverse political issue these days as more and more states battle the controversy over whether to legalize it or not. With only 17 states recognizing gay marriage, it is an issue that affects many homosexual couples. 11 of the 17 states are located in the northeast along with Washington, California, Hawaii, Minnesota, Iowa, and Illinois. Wisconsin has a long way to go with the legalization of gay marriage and this has a lot to do with the fact that we have a conservative governor. An article published in the Huffington Post discussed how Scott Walker stated that gay marriage is an issue that will not be addressed anytime soon. The legalization of gay marriage is not just something that is occurring in our country, but worldwide. For example, this past summer in July, gay marriage was legalized in the United Kingdom. Legalizing same sex marriage in the United States would not only create a more equal society but also improve the perception of America in the eyes of the international community.
    I sat down with a twenty-year-old homosexual woman who is a student at the University of Wisconsin La Crosse in order to hear her opinion on this heated topic. “The fact that gay marriage is not accepted in the state that I live is upsetting. But I can only let so much bother me and I just have hope that we can move closer to acceptance.” This positive outlook on this topic was not the reaction that I expected to hear from this young woman. For her, the most important aspect is the acceptance of her family and friends. She admitted to not being as concerned with the political debate on the issue because it is not affecting her directly right now. But in the future when she plans to find a life long partner and have children she said “I want to be able to call that special someone my wife and be recognized as a family. I do not want to live somewhere where it is not legal to marry the person that I love.” Marriage is a universal concept of a commitment between two individuals. Just because it occurs between individuals of the same sex as well, should not be a reason to have it banned in the majority of the United States.
    One thing that this young woman said that really stuck was that “being gay is not a choice. I tried dating men but there was just nothing there. It disgusts me when people assume that we can be cured or pray the gay away.” Being gay is not a choice; it is how an individual is born. We should respect love in this country and not limit whose love is legally recognized. The woman that I interviewed is just one example of the millions in our country. I think that this is an issue that needs to be recognized not only on state level, but also locally. Every rock contributes to a mountain.
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