Accept Gay Marriage – Don’t Stand Against it: Guest Editorial by Olivia Flynn

Gay marriage, should it be legal, should it not be legal? All states have agreed that it should be legal. On June 26, 2015, the US Supreme Court ruled that gay marriage is allowed in all 50 states. Prior to this decision, same-sex marriage was  legal in 37 states and Washington DC, but was banned in the remaining 13. Opponents contend that marriage has traditionally been defined as being between one man and one woman, and that marriage is primarily for procreation. Studies show that a child does not need a father and a mother figure. It can either be two men or two women if that family decides to have a family. Gay marraige also comes with accepting those gay and lesbians in the world. Being gay is not a choice. Researchers have found that most gay and lesbians have said if they could choose they would pick to be straight. See the infographic below for more details:

In 2010, a Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health study examining the effects of institutional discrimination on the psychiatric health of lesbian, gay and bisexual individuals found an increase in psychiatric disorders. More than 25 years of research documented that there is no relationship between parents’ sexual orientation and any measure of a child’s emotional, psychosocial, and behavioral adjustment. A child can have any parent to be happy. Wheather two men or two women.

One Comment
  1. Great editorial, I like that you used facts and presented sources to these facts.
    Side note: I think it’s important to use the term “same sex marriage” instead of “gay marriage” because there’s a significant difference between the two terms.

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