With the jubilant steps towards acquisition of Virginia this past Thursday, the campaign for same-sex marriage is one step closer to its goal of U.S. unification (or conquest, depending on where an individual stands on the worn-out policies of yesterday’s beliefs). Virginia showed promise of joining 17 other U.S. states in passing the bill on same-sex marriage, foreshadowing certain doom to the morale of any Virginians who may oppose the rainbow flag. As Virginia begins to usher in a new age of unity and acceptance, those uncomfortable with freedom of choice and the terrors of love and affection will soon be forced to either get with the times, or find a new home (likely in a state that welcomes tacky, narrow-minded beliefs).
Virginia’s recent shedding of the ban on same-sex marriage owes much thanks to a 41-page opinion written by Judge Arenda Wright Allen of the United States District Court for the Eastern district of Virginia, who claimed Virginia’s ban was unconstitutional. Opting towards true equality for the rights of both male and female Virginians who practice sexually alternative lifestyles, Judge Wright Allen shines like as beacon of hope for non-traditional couples in the south. With the overturning of a 2006 constitutional amendment which introduced a ban on same-sex marriage, the state of Virginia now not only accepts applications for same-sex marriage, but also welcomes couples who had been married from outside of the state.
Over the course of 10 years, same-sex marriage has been quickly gaining momentum in the U.S., prompting relief from gay couples in many states, promising a future of acceptance. Setting the trend for things to come, Massachusetts was the first state to openly accept same-sex marriage in 2004, followed by Connecticut, Vermont, and Iowa over the course of five years. Recent years have proven revolutionary for the movement of unity, with same-sex marriage having been accepted in six states in 2013 alone. Many hopefuls are expecting the bill to be passed in over 10 states within the next two years, including Delaware, California, and Hawaii (the first state to consider same-sex marriage), which all have already taken the first steps towards equality, making acceptance in the near future seem inevitable.
Though gay marriage poses absolutely no conceivable threat to any non-gay members of the U.S. population, the bill is still heavily contested in more than half of the not-so-united states. Radicals have risen all across the country, stating that, among other things, same-sex marriage leads to the depletion of the human race (radicals), and that gay marriage neglects religious beliefs. A common (unbelievably hypocritical) statement made for the defence against gay marriage is that acceptance of non-traditional union imposes and promotes non-traditional lifestyle onto straight couples, yet it is uncertain how this could be a negative impact to society. Religious fanatics are also a main source of anti-homosexual propaganda, often bearing signs stating slogans such as “God hates gays” and other such nonsense in anti-gay protest.
Despite the unavoidable ever-present friction between naysayers and supporters of the same-sex marriage bill, Virginia is looking more promising (or doomed, depending on beliefs) than ever to become the next state of union. While the homosexual community of the U.S. gains another state to claim as home, traditional, God-fearing citizens have a new land to avoid. A fair trade-off indeed, and hopefully one of many coming.
By Christopher White (Opinion)