Same-Sex Marriage

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Mariah Draper, Contributor

According to, “ Vermont was first in the United States to adopt a same-sex civil-union law, [which] also makes the tiny state of 624,000 people the first in the nation to introduce gay marriage through legislative action instead of the courts.” However, the Supreme Court is trying to ban same-sex marriage, and this is affecting many people. Same-sex marriage should be allowed.

According to UCLA, there are 2,143 same-sex couples in Vermont. 2,143 community members in Vermont may not be able to get married. Banning same-sex marriage means that same-sex couples won’t be able to get married. Discriminating against two people who love each other is wrong. Marriage shouldn’t be a privilege and is a civil right. The LGBTQ community has always struggled with being discriminated against, and now they have to worry about whether they will be able to get married or not. Members of the LGBTQ community may be attracted to the same sex, but they are humans and shouldn’t have to go through this.  

According to, in emails dated 12 February 2016, Graham Down was a counselor at the Shirenewton ward who got suspended for saying homosexuality is immoral and wrong. In an email Down wrote he said, “I am, and have been, always quite open that I agree with the teachings of just about every major world religion in that homosexuality is an immoral perversion to be condemned, not promoted.” Same-sex marriage should not be condemned. Everyone should know their rights. No person should be put down and discriminated against. We need to teach more people about the LGBTQ community. This community should be promoted. If we talk about opposite-sex marriage, we should also talk about same-sex marriage. Love is love.

I am close to a lot of people who are attracted to the same-sex. So many people are devastated that they might not be able to marry the ones they love. The LGBTQ community is still human. Seeing my close friends worrying about whether they will be able to get married or not makes me very upset. We are teens and shouldn’t even be thinking about marriage, but my friends have to because their rights are trying to be taken away. We are in high school. We should be worried about college and whether we did well on a test or not; we should be focusing on living our lives and spending time being crazy with our friends. Instead, my friends are worrying about if they will be able to marry someone they love in the future. 

According to NBC News, Victoria Jameson, who runs Wife Trans and Queer Chaplaincy, said, “I was really feeling upset about the nomination [of Amy Coney Barrett]. She’s dangerous for LGBTQ people; she’s made it clear she wants to roll back our rights.”  People who aren’t part of the LGBTQ community aren’t affected by the same-sex marriage ban. Taking away the marriage of any human isn’t going to affect them. Just because people have feelings for someone of the same sex doesn’t mean they are any less of a human. Same-sex relationships need to be normalized. Taking away the LGBTQ’s right to marry is like taking away opposite-sex marriage. Everyone is human and needs to be treated like one. 

Same-sex marriage should be allowed. Taking away the rights of the LGBTQ community is wrong and isn’t benefiting anyone. Same-sex relationships need to be normalized. How would you feel if a right you have gets taken away? This isn’t only affecting the younger generations of the LGBTQ community but also the older generations of the LGBTQ community. We need to stand up for what’s right and make a difference. It all starts with us.