US should accept all marriages

I now pronounce you husband and wife -I mean, man and man – oh, wait, I meant to say “life partners.”

Well, whatever words are used, the institution of marriage must be allowed for all people.

Regardless if there are two males, two females or a male and a female standing at the altar, they are two individuals who apparently love and care about each other. Therefore, they should have the right to spend the rest of their lives together.

The fact that the government is trying to interfere with this sacred promise is unacceptable and must be stopped immediately. In his 2004 State of the Union Address, President Bush proposed a constitutional amendment that would bar the legalization of gay marriages. This amendment should not be approved.

The United States’ founding fathers established a separation of church and state for a valid reason. They knew that if these entities were combined, the nation would be divided because it is virtually impossible to come to an agreement on such matters.

Furthermore, those trying to enforce only heterosexual marriages should take a good look around, because even that institution is not upholding the ideals upon which it was founded.

Pop singer Britney Spears was recently married “just for kicks,” and divorce rates in the United States are at an all-time high. Are we, as the American public, are supposed to follow these role models?

I would much rather see two people of the same sex – who want to spend the rest of their lives together and will actually carry out their vows – get married than someone who will only trivialize one of life’s most important decisions.

If the government is going to pass a ruling, it should come from the Supreme Court. This will avoid massive confusion from individual states enforcing their own decisions.

What sense does it make to be married in Ohio, only to travel two hours and be invalidated in Pennsylvania? Absolutely none.

Currently, Canada, Belgium and the Netherlands allow same-sex marriages. Now it is this country’s turn to come out of the Dark Ages and accept these marriages as well.

Dominique Drake is a sophomore business student from Cleveland. Contact her at