Congratulations America on Joining the Gay Marriage Club

320px-Gay_flag.svgThe Supreme Court of the United States of America has voted 5-4 in favour of making gay marriage legal in all fifty states. States cannot ban gay marriage now.  As a Canadian, I’d like to say to the US, welcome to the club.

I’m not gay (I have a wife and a daughter), but I fully support the right of same-sex couples to marry.  And now they can in the US. That’s some of the best news to come from the US in quite some time.

You know, my marriage would’ve been looked down on several decades ago. I’m in an interracial marriage and my daughter is biracial. Interracial couples also had a struggle in the past, but is quite accepted now. I’m happy to see that same-sex marriage is completely legal in the United States now. Congratulations!

Of course, this is going to piss a lot of people off. A lot of conservative and strongly religious people will be very upset. They view it as a threat to traditional marriage. I don’t understand how it is a threat. Their ability to marry in exactly the same way as before is not affected. Their marriages are not affected in any way whatsoever. So why the fuss? Please inform me why this could be so bad.

Again, congratulations United States!

20 thoughts on “Congratulations America on Joining the Gay Marriage Club”

  1. I am in a same-sex relationship, and it means a lot to me that you and other straight people are supporting gay marriage. Really–on a deeply emotional level as well as a practical and political level, it means a lot. Thank you for writing this.

    1. You’re welcome. I have several gay friends, and my uncle is in a same-sex relationship, as well. He’s also everyone favourite uncle 🙂 But they’re mostly Canadian. However, it’s wonderful to see this happen in the US now.

  2. I’ve always been bewildered by the argument that gay marriage somehow hurts straight marriage. That’s like saying that my decision to travel to Scotland screws up your decision to travel to Africa. The two are not connected in any way, shape, or form.

    Congrats to all the gay couples in the US who now have the ability to choose to marry!

    1. I have an old high school classmate, who lives in Canada and is Canadian, who is constantly arguing against homosexuality lately. He says they need help. No, he needs help. It’s none of his business.

      1. I can’t deal with people like that. I just don’t get the need to control other people’s lives. Two gay people getting married does not affect your life in any way, shape, or form. Even if you’re super religious and you believe that they’re going to hell…so what? Let them go to hell. It still doesn’t affect you! lol

        People…so stupid…:P

        1. Exactly. And with the same person, A couple others and I kept responding to his comments on one of my FB posts about Jim Carrey. Let’s say he’s also anti-vaccination and believes the garbage the anti-vaxxers say.

          1. Oh lord, I would not have a good conversation with that guy then. If there’s one thing I hate more than bigots, it’s people who still insist that vaccinations are evil. >.<

  3. It’s become something of a generational dispute, as much as a political/religious one, but it’s been encouraging to see more and more people coming around to an accepting view due to the exposure the legal wrangling and people’s personal stories have gotten. Hopefully we can take action on other equality issues soon. My cousin and quite a lot of my friends are affected by this ruling, so I was very happy to see it in my feed. 😀

    1. I know people who are affected by it as well. When it became legal in Canada ten years ago, it affected quite a few people I know, and I was happy about it then, too.

  4. Good to see they got something right. Now if they could just clear up this 155 year old controversy with the Confederate States of America, they’d be doing well!

    1. That whole thing about the Confederate flag has a lot of people wondering what the big deal is, especially those who don’t know the history. Lack of knowledge is the problem here. But for some, it wouldn’t matter anyway.

  5. It’s really sad that I could cry tears of joy at this news when it’s really just a basic right that should’ve never been up for contemplation in the first place. The fact that it wasn’t unanimous makes it worse.

    However I am soooo freaking excited that it is the case nevertheless! #LoveWins!

    1. Sad to see it wasn’t unanimous. Still a lot of work needs to be done for people to just accept it. There’s still resistance in some states that think they can avoid this. Even one state said they may just stop issuing marriage licenses to everyone. So no one can get married at all. So, punish everyone because they’re so closed-minded and stubborn? Idiots.

  6. My state has had marriage equality for a number of years, but I’m happy that all the states will have it now. How weird would it be to be married and then move to another state where your marriage was not valid? It harked back to the bad old days where interracial marriages were valid in some states but not others.

    I loved watching the coverage of long-time couples finally marrying after decades together. Although I’m Catholic and most of our bishops are freaking out, I’ve been a supporter of marriage equality for a long time. I agree that it is not a threat at all to heterosexual marriage; the more stable marriages a society has, regardless of the gender of the couples, the better for all of us.

    1. Funny you mention stable marriages. I seem to remember hearing that same-sex relationships tend to be more stable than heterosexual relationships

      I heard that there was one married same-sex couple who were in an accident in a state that didn’t recognise same-sex marriages. One of the people was so seriously injured that he didn’t survive. The hospital wouldn’t let his husband see him, because he wasn’t “family.”

      1. Hospital visitation and kinship issues have been a huge part of the problem for same-sex couples. I’m happy that those will now be resolved, not matter which state one is in.

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