70%: that’s how many millennials support gay marriage. Almost three quarters of young people, and more than half of all Americans, have said that all Americans should be treated equally under the law, no matter who they love. The support for marriage equality has been growing stronger and stronger in recent years, and as the Supreme Court prepares to hear arguments on Prop. 8 and DOMA, the public has come out and asked them to strike down these measures and stand on the side of love.
Politicians have changed their views and have publicly supported gay marriage. Senators Rob Portman and Claire MacCaskill, Hilary Clinton, Joe Biden, Barack Obama and many more have announced their support. Even conservatives have been changing their views. At the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, DC earlier this month GOProud spoke to a standing-room only audience of young Republican supporters; the same day only a few dozen people listened to the National Organization for Marriage attack gay marriage.
This is an issue that is very personal for most of us, which explains the shift in opinion. We all know someone like Ryan: Ryan is a great person, he is in a committed relationship with a wonderful guy, and it seems perfectly reasonable that they want to get married. But they can’t. I want to go to my friend’s wedding, and it should not be a problem that there will be two grooms. Marriage is a celebration of love that cannot be limited to only some couples.
Right now there are people lined up and camping outside the Supreme Court in the snow and slush in anticipation of the arguments tomorrow. They are making a statement that loving someone can never be wrong. Visit our website to learn more about the issue and take action http://www.rockthevote.
– Angela Smith