Gay unions are acceptable but marriage … not so much

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By Rachel Sheidler, Staff Writer

Name one issue that almost everyone in America has an opinion about. Some may say global warming, others may say abortion, but in my opinion, it’s gay marriage. Should it be legalized?

Gay marriage was first introduced to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1993, which led the Court to establish gay marriage as a state issue, but the first gay marriage didn’t take place until 2004 in Massachusetts and from then on it has spiraled into a heated debate. Eight years later and eight states have legalized gay marriage: Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, Vermont, New Hampshire, New York and Washington.

I believe that love is love and it’s an uncontrollable emotion. Being gay isn’t a choice, it’s who you are. You should have the right to love whoever you want without judgment. However, I am against gays getting married due to my Catholic beliefs.

Now before you curse me under your breath or storm away from the computer, hear me out.  Catholics are stereotyped for hating gays, when in fact that couldn’t be more false.  We believe that everyone is a child of God regardless of their sexual orientation.  However, we believe that marriage is designed for the purpose of producing offspring, and unless I have this biology concept mixed up, a homosexual couple can’t do that.

I am considered to be more of a conservative when it comes to social issues, and I value tradition. That being said, I also don’t think gay marriage should be legalized because marriage has been defined as between a man and a woman for so long. It’s a big step to change how society views certain issues.

Because I believe the definition of marriage involves a lifelong commitment between a man and a woman, I would approve of a lifelong commitment between homosexuals being called a bond or a union – but not a marriage. However, some would argue that because it is called something different, a gay relationship and a gay marriage wouldn’t be equal. It doesn’t matter what it’s called, the characteristics are what matters.

So where will it go from here?  I think President Obama should realize that changing the basic definition of marriage is a huge deal and should instead support the idea of a homosexual union, not a marriage.