By Aunjolay Lambert |Staff Writer|
Equal rights should be given to everyone even if it involves marrying someone of the same sex. If it was up to me, same-sex marriage would have been legal a long time ago.
I don’t know why people feel like they have to dictate the lives of others but the I think the government is doing a good job of it when it comes to the LGBT community.
It’s kind of hypocritical when the Declaration of Independence says that everyone is created equal, yet the LGBT community is not treated the same as everyone else.
Obama confirmed last week in an ABC News interview that he supports same-sex marriage.
But where does it go from there?
I feel he’s using this as a political strategy because the presidential election is coming up soon. In order to be re-elected Obama needs votes from the gay community while being careful not to lose the votes of other minorites such as Latinos and southerners.
The president’s opinion about same-sex marriage came within five months of his election to a second term. His timing puts him into a situation where many question whether or not he is being genuine.
“Finally they can take same sex marriage to the next level and have people recognize that the gay community isn’t bad. I hope Obama doesn’t ease off,” said student Gabriel Rodriguez.
For awhile, same sex marriage did not receive a lot of attention, but now that President Obama is supporting equal rights for gay couples, the claws are coming out.
After the president made the announcement that he was for gay marriage, Bristol Palin wrote on her blog that she felt Obama was being influenced by his daughters and was not showing leadership qualities, according to ABC News.
Since Obama has now taken a clear stance for gay marriage, I feel he should begin to push to legalize gay marriage. He can at least implement policy changes that will show he supports the LGBT community.
In my opinion Obama is the most openly pro-gay president that we’ve had but I believe that there is more he can do when it comes to LGBT rights than just say he supports it.
He should strive to put into law the right for all couples to marry. If Obama did this, it would prove that he is willing to put his money where his mouth is, not just win an election.
The LGBT movement in some ways mirrors the civil rights movement because they are fighting for the equality that they deserve.
Obama being open about his support is a big step for the LGBT community. “Baby steps can be a good thing in this case, but it’s growing and I can definitely see the progress,” said Rodriguez.
Other people in the gay community around campus feel a little differently about same-sex marriage. Some don’t feel that they have to be married to have a family and raise kids.
But what they fail to realize is that this is not just about marriage but about equality for all. “This process has been going on for a while and I’m glad that we are making progress, because all we want in this community is to have the same rights as everyone eles,” said student Morgan Lim.
We can no longer dodge this issue. Equality for everyone is something that definitely needs to be achieved.