Insights with Isabel

Isabel Jones, Online Editor in Chief

With the Supreme Court’s hearings on gay marriage currently occurring, I feel it is only appropriate to talk about it.
I think same-sex marriage should be allowed.
The biggest debate against it is that it may interfere with beliefs of others, but even with that argument, I still don’t think it is someone’s right to take away another’s right to be happy.
We are allowed freedom of religion, which is freedom of a lifestyle in a sense, but at the same time we are allowed freedom from religion, so again it’s not the place of the “religious” to outlaw gay marriage.
Homosexual couples typically don’t personally interfere with the lives of someone who is against homosexuality. Being affected by the life choices of another is up to the person being affected, not the person affecting. Who are we to tell people that they can’t do something that makes them happy?
I understand that it is said a marriage is to constitute as a man and a woman being joined together, but I think it should be reworded as two people (regardless of gender) being joined together in matrimony.
I think people are making too big of a deal over the idea of same-sex marriage. It’s someone else’s life, and it shouldn’t be dictated by other people’s beliefs because not everyone believes one thing.
It is a natural human desire, and I believe their right as well, to find someone to love and cherish and to build a lasting bond with that person. And like all human rites of passage and important events, it is typical to celebrate such an event with a ceremony and formal recognition.
Gay couples who agree to commit and love one another exclusively in times of joy and sadness, health and sickness should not be denied the right to a formal acknowledgement of their bond.
Whether or not the government acknowledges such unions, gay couples will still enter into lasting, loving relationships, and when they do, committed gay spouses should be able to enjoy the same protections under the law as married heterosexual couples.
Gay spouses should be able to inherit property, be covered under a spouse’s health care plan, be able to make medical decisions for a spouse who cannot and be able to receive pension and social security benefits of a spouse who dies.
Gay couples will still marry in spirit and have a marital bond and form families whether a law is passed or not. Therefore, it is in the government’s best interest to encourage stable and lasting bonds in all its citizens.
After all, that is why the government offers tax credits to married couples and tax benefits to families. Families equal stability.