This week, the supreme court is hearing two cases in the appeals to state and federal laws restricting same-sex marriage. The first is being heard today, an appeal of California’s ban on same sex marriage, which is widely known as Proposition 8. After these hearings, it is possible that the laws will state same-sex marriage as a fundamental right under the constitution, but it is also possible that nothing will change and the traditional marriage laws will still stand.
In a society that has seem to evolve and change so much in the past few decades, it is difficult to understand why marriage equality is still even an issue. The way the laws are written, excluding same-sex marriage from being recognized legally, it just opens the doors for discrimination against lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgender individuals. If the law is going to treat LGBT individuals differently, than how can officials be surprised when the law abiding citizens do the same?
Even just the situation that has recently come to light with the Boy Scouts. Honestly, I couldn’t even believe that that was true, not allowing any openly homosexual individuals from holding membership. By not accepting these young boys/men, they are basically saying there is something wrong with you and we don’t want you to be included. For a young homosexual child, who is probably conflicted in his own mind about what is “wrong” with him and why he is not “normal”, I can’t imagine how truly awful that is. Not only is it terrible for the homosexuals being excluded, but it is also terrible for those hearing the message that it is okay to treat homosexuals differently and exclude them if you feel like it because they are different. Many children are suffering at the hands of bully’s all over the country for many different reasons and I think all of American’s can agree that it’s a terrible thing that needs to stop. The problem is, it is America’s people and laws that are setting the example for these kids and until a change takes place with those who lead, there will be a never ending cycle for those who follow.