Gay marriage an issue of community rights, not personal beliefs

Sally Cochran, Editor in Chief

Homosexuality.
For some, it’s no big deal. For others, it makes them squirm a little.
That’s okay. I understand — homosexuality may make you a bit uncomfortable.
However, the fact that it makes you uncomfortable does not give you the right to dismiss the issue.
Just throwing that out there.
There are millions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and questioning (LGBTQ) people in the world — whether you like it or not.
Being apathetic or just downright mean towards them will not change anything.
Then comes gay marriage.
It’s definitely been a major issue recently.
I’ll make my point short and sweet: all people should have the opportunity to marry the person they love.
It’s just unfair otherwise. If a guy loves a girl, they can get married. If a guy loves a guy, they can’t, at least in 41 states.
Why?
Not only is gay marriage legal in only nine states (and the District of Columbia) — there are constitutional amendments against it in 31 states. Six states even have laws banning it, according to http://gaymarriage.procon.org/.
If you are morally opposed to homosexuality, I understand. Everyone is entitled to their opinions.
However, if you are opposed to the gay community having rights, I don’t understand.
Just because some Americans disapprove of something doesn’t mean that the general population should be banned from it.
I’ll make a simple example — on December 10, 2013, recreational use of marijuana was legalized in Colorado and Washington.
There are many, many people who are not okay with recreational marijuana. Yet, it is still legal in Colorado and Washington.
If you aren’t okay with gay marriage, I’m not telling you to get married to a person of your gender, just as the legalization in Colorado and Washington does not force the general population to smoke pot.
We live in the world of today — a world including gay rights and gay marriage.
If you are stuck in the past, you need a major wake-up call, because it’s not going away.
We as a society have journeyed a long way from the past as far as gay rights. However, we still have a long way to go.
It’s simple — the wishes of some should not limit the actions of everyone — especially when it comes to something as important as love.
By the way, I’m straight.