Gay marriage should be legalized in all states

Controversy on the topic of gay marriage has run rampant through the American media in recent months. Not allowing gay marriage is unethical.

Homosexuality is not a choice. No matter what, there will always be those swept into the love that dare not speak its name, so why not let them have the financial benefits that come with marriage?

I must now address the religious argument. It says in the Bible that marriage should be between a man and a woman, but it also says that divorce is bad.

While my parents never got a divorce, I have been around divorce almost my whole life and I have seen the social and psychological problems that it causes. Divorce can devastate families, and I know because it screwed up mine.

Does gay marriage ruin families? It could if the others in the family are a bunch of zealots. Would the wrath of the almighty smite us all if gay marriage is legalized? Would heterosexual marriages be put in peril? Would the terrorists win? Most people don’t believe that at all, and no laws will change just because a religious party’s beliefs don’t agree. That is what separating religion from the state is all about.

A few American states give same-sex couples the right to be married, and I must ask this question: Why not the whole country?

Gay marriage puts no one in danger and should be fully legalized. We do live in the land of the free, after all.

Cole Schafer