We need compromise regarding gay marriage

Friday , April 19, 2013 - 6:08 PM

Alexis Briggs

Editor,

Not every change throughout the world is always agreed on. No one ever thought that being bonded for life could raise such a huge issue across the United States. In the song “Same Love” by Macklemore, a music artist celebrated by younger generations, reads, “...America the brave still fears what we don’t know.” The line strikes a chord with the views that America has on gay marriage. Views of those opposing and those accepting have created a divide in the nation that will grow if compromise is not met. Creating an atmosphere for future generations to be a part of calls for accepting what is not easy.

Religion has become a major voice denying the tie of two people of the same gender. Found in a journal written by Chai R. Feldblum, a professor of law at Georgetown University is: “Those who advocate for laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation tend to talk simply about “equality.” Those who seek to stop such laws from coming into existence, or who seek religious exemptions from these laws, tend to talk about “morality” and/or “religious freedom.”

Every religion has its views about homosexual marriage or companionship. In Utah the LDS religion has influenced the view of gay marriage. Nobody denies them of that opinion, but why do supporters of same-sex marriage get the heat?

As a student at Weber University, diversity of each student is evident. Each background and opinion is different. All around campus we see two people of the same gender holding hands; for those who grew up during this change, it does not seem wrong as others might view it. I support gay marriage and everyone’s right to any opinion. Each personal outlook should be respected.

Many fear the change and try to hide from the inevitable. Love is defined as a strong affection for another arising out of kinship or personal ties. Nowhere in that definition does it label what gender receives that love. Each individual, no matter their differences is their own being. No one should be anyone other than themselves.

We will stand united with a compromise of equality and morality.

Alexis Briggs



Layton

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