Centennial’s Take on Gay Marriage

Over the years, more and more people have come out identifying themselves as gay or lesbian. Famous entertainers like Ricky Martin, Clay Aiken, Neil Patrick Harris, Ellen DeGeneres, Frank Ocean and Elton John are all known to peruse same-sex relationships. Recently, famous basketball player Jason Collins came out as being gay.

As you can see, being gay is slowly becoming accepted worldwide. Massachusetts became the first state to legalize same-sex marriage in 2004, followed by the District Of Columbia, Connecticut, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, New York, Vermont and Washington. Colorado, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, New Jersey and Rhode Island are the six states in the U.S that allow civil unions between same-sex couples, and some  are working on legalizing same-sex marriage.
I got the chance to talk to my fellow peers about their views on same-sex marriage. I chose to do this because a couple weeks ago there was a huge Twitter fight between teens and their opinions on same-sex marriage . I went around Centennial High School and asked different students and staff members their opinions on same-sex marriage just to get the overall view. Here is how it went:

“Personally I don’t agree with same sex marriage. I don’t have anything against them, but it’s just not what God wants.” –Jada Caston
“I think everybody should be able to marry who they want because it’s not affecting anyone else.” –Derrion Herman
“I don’t think its right because of my religious beliefs; you can’t reproduce so why get married? You’re simply living with a friend.” –Devin Kyler
“I believe everyone should be granted the same rights in marriage. Regardless of their sexual orientation. It’s hard to imagine this is an issue; it’s a no brainer. We have to respect different views. Rights and privileges should be granted to everyone. Children should have their parents able to have the same rights as everyone else.” –Ms. Gross
“In the words of Frank Ocean: “I believe that marriage isn’t between a man and woman, but between love and love”. I also believe in the separation of church and state.” –Muhammad Al-Saqri
“I believe everyone has the right to get married to anyone they want. I think people fall in love with other people–sometimes same gender, sometimes different and that should not prevent them from getting married. I have many friends and family members who have been affected by this obstacle and I don’t think it’s fair that they don’t get the same rights as other couples.” –Ms. Hahn
“ I believe marriage is between a man and a woman. I feel like it’s a natural law.” –Reo Williams
“People came to America to practice their own religion and not to follow others. It’s not a choice to be gay and they should be able to get married if they want.” –Andrew Scaggs
“I think they should have rights, but it’s not right to get married.” –Michael Finke
“I feel like nobody, no matter how hard they try, can help how they feel about anyone or anything in general. It’s natural; you can’t help being gay at all. It’s not a choice. For that reason you should be able to marry whoever you want.” –Kieryn Alexander
This is just a small percentage of views on same-sex marriage. As you can see there is a wide range of opinions. This is only ten different opinions; just imagine what everyone in the world thinks.
Born This Way by Lady Gaga, Same Love by Macklemore and Forrest Gump by Frank Ocean are three of many very popular songs regarding same-sex marriage. Personally, I live by the famous words of Macklemore: “when everyone else is more comfortable remaining voiceless rather than fighting for humans that had their rights stolen, I might not be the same, but that’s not important. No freedom til’ we’re equal, damn right I support it.”

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