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States should permit gay marriages

Paso Robles

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Now that same-sex marriage is legal in five states, what effect has it had in those states? Has the true meaning of marriage diminished? Have children in same-sex marriage homes been harmed? Is homosexuality spreading? Have divorce rates for traditional marriages increased? Are public schools forced to depict the intimacy of same-sex marriages to children? Have taxes been raised substantially to provide benefits to same-sex marriage spouses and dependents?

Or have rights the rest of us take for granted been extended to an excluded group of Americans? Or have the legal changes helped some folks feel their love is equal to that of others who fall in love and are able to get married? Or has the freedom to marry helped some people feel they are more accepted and equal members in their families, their community, and society in general?

I understand changing the laws of this country may not immediately or maybe ever change the views of those opposed to same-sex marriages. Those people can believe and feel however they want: That’s their prerogative and privilege. But the laws of this country should not promote discrimination against a group of Americans based on religion, fear of something intangible, or for illogical reasons. I see an America where we can have different opinions and liberty and justice for all.

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