Same sex couples should be equal as heterosexuals

 The city of Tallahassee has just welcomed same-sex couples with its arms wide open. The decision was made on Wednesday after the Tallahassee City Commission unanimously voted to change the benefits for same-sex marriages and domestic partnerships.                                                   

According to the Tallahassee Democrat, all couples, no matter the sexual orientation, will be eligible for the same benefits that are available for married couples. Non-married couples that have been living together for a certain time period are also eligible for the same benefits as a married couple.

Commissioners also agreed that sexual preference and identity will be included on Anti-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment Policies and Procedures.                        
The new change will now allow city employees to include their partners for health, dental, vision and other coverage. The new change is much needed and well received.                                     

Just because a person has a certain sexual orientation or wants to live their life a certain way, it doesn’t mean they should be outcast or pushed away from granted privileges. Because society deems their behavior unethical or morally wrong, it doesn’t subtract the fact that these people are human beings, just like us.                                                                                                                                    These people are not intentionally causing harm or inflicting pain on neighboring citizens. They are living their lives, freely, in the way that’s most comfortable for them.                                     

I’m sure this change is humbly and greatly appreciated from the gay and lesbian community. I’m also sure it’s just as appreciated from those couples, who, for some reason, just haven’t tied the knot. It’s about time the city recognized everyone as equals and realized they should be treated just the same.

Skyy Sandifer for the Editorial Board.