Not everybody realizes the struggles and oppression same-sex couples are put through on a daily because we are not constantly fighting for our rights to be able to marry the person we love. Heterosexual couples do not have to battle society every single day that their love is true and real. When a man and a woman want to prove to each other their commitment to one another, they are able to get married freely, without the law restricting them to do so, although that is not the case for gay and lesbian couples.
On June 26, 2013, New York Times put out an article showing the nation that little by little, we are getting closer to seeing equality towards the concept of marriage. California is now one of the 12 states where same-sex marriage is legal. It is great to see that the federal government will begin to treat all marriages equally no matter which pair of sex they are and couples are able to marry whomever they love and receive all the right and responsibilities that go along with it.
A quote that stood out to me was a response from Bishop Robinson about same-sex marriage, “It’s really about respect, and the respect of the society in which one lives. You don’t realize it if you’ve already got it, but if you don’t have it and then you get it, it’s an amazing gift.” Legalizing same-sex marriage is not only changing those who get to get married, but it is opening the eyes of the many whom are oppressed due to what society says. We are moving forward to freedom and equality!