Choice of marriage is up to individuals

Dear Editor:

Gay marriage is something that should be an option. If two people are
in love they should be able to sanction that with marriage. Others, who
may be against this, have no direct involvement in the relationship and
therefore should not be offended by the act.

Dear Editor:

Gay marriage is something that should be an option. If two people are in love they should be able to sanction that with marriage. Others, who may be against this, have no direct involvement in the relationship and therefore should not be offended by the act.

As of right now, five states in the U.S. have come to legalize gay marriage, along with the District of Columbia. It is much more than just a battle for representation; states that do not allow or recognize gay marriage are denying those in same-sex or long-term relationships many rights. In Minnesota, there are 515 rights that these couples and families are denied, simply because they cannot get legally married.

These include insurance benefits, health priorities, and inheritance laws. In these cases, the same-sex partner has no say in choices for the other’s health or death, and in many cases is denied receiving notification of changes concerning her partner. Often insurance policies will not cover all family members because same-sex partners are not considered relatives.

These problems are only a short summary of those present in the life of a same-sex couple. According to Project 515, a program organized to spread awareness about the rights unmarried couples are denied, nearly 70 percent of Minnesotans agreed that “gays and lesbians should have the same rights and responsibilities as everyone else.” If so, then we must ask ourselves why same sex marriage hasn’t been legalized yet.

Choice of marriage is ultimately up to each individual. Once people are aware of the unfair and unequal rights gay and lesbian couples are receiving, it will be the first step toward making same-sex marriage legal. We can all rise to support this issue, beginning with voting in favor of same sex marriage and individually offering acceptance toward homosexual couples.

Olivia Johnson
Isanti

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