Growing up I held the belief that gay marriage was wrong and although civil unions were fine marriage was between a man and a woman. Recently, I have come to the understanding that love and the right to be with the one you love are not only freedoms everyone should share, but they are a right and necessity to human relationships. In the Declaration of Independence it says "...all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness." To me, a huge part of my happiness, and perhaps the most important aspect to my happiness, is my relationship with my husband, Andrew, and I firmly believe that all humans beings have the right to pursue this happiness.
I consider myself a spiritual individual and take my relationship with that spirituality very seriously, even if I don't consider myself the church-going type. My belief in a creator and the idea of a higher being shape many aspects of my life, from my art to my morals and values. I believe that a loving god would never create a situation that would deny his creations the right to find happiness, and that those who find love and happiness with people of the same sex should be afforded the same rights and benefits as those who love people of the opposite sex.
As I said in the title, I consider myself a conservative and believe that the government should be as limited as possible in most things. My husband and I have talked a lot on this issue and have determined that this is one of the pressing issues for our generation of citizens and that many of the conservatives in the younger generation differ on this issue from the current, older generation. He and I believe it is our place to make a difference. In my opinion, the government has no place in determining who you can and can not marry. Many people say that if that is the case than people should be allowed to marry a dog, but to that I say that we are not talking about animals, we are talking about human beings. No one is suggesting allowing people to marry animals, just that the oppression of this group of human beings civil rights be ended.
With the family unit being increasingly weakened, it is time to focus on families and encourage stable relationships. Let us work toward making stronger families and loving homes for the many children in this world. The future is our children and how can we ever look at ourselves with pride if we continue to suppress human, god given, rights. How do we face the next generation when we continue to allow human beings to be denied love, happiness, and family, the very essence of what it means to be human?