By: Crystal R
It’s 2015; why is there still a law against same-sex marriage? This is a problem in the United States because lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgenders, (LGBT) have to hide who they are in some states because some people don’t agree with what they are doing. The United States Supreme Court is going to hand down a decision on the legality of gay marriage by the end of June. This is an important thing to address because finally gays and lesbians will know if they have the same legal status as their heterosexual counterparts.
Krista Wortendyke, age 36, is a photographer at Columbia College. She is gay and has been married for 7 years to Erica Henrich. Wortendyke said, “If people sorta see and are around people who are gay, the more that they just understand that they’re just like everyone else.” People will one day realize that everyone is human, and everyone has feelings. “There are a lot of people who are threatened by it, and that mostly they are threatened by it because it go against what they believe to be true within their own belief system.” In 2007 Wortendyke was thinking about getting her PHD but she did not want to split up with her wife, so in conclusion her partner asked her to marry her. In Wortendyke eyes her marriage is equal to a straight couple marriage. After 6 years being married to her partner, the federal government recognized their marriage. In result of the recognition, her partner did not have to pay taxes on their health insurance, something straight couples did not have to pay taxes on.
Sharon Holmes, 46, is a teacher at Tilden High School. She is gay but not married. She has a partner whom she has been with for 20 years. She has 2 children and lives in the Austin area. Holmes stated, “I do not believe in marriage in general so therefore, I do not believe in opposite sex marriage, same-sex marriage I just think that (umm..) marriage is an antiquated idea.” Women were seen as property. They were not seen as equal to men.
Some people are confused on the things that other people do. They do not understand why people like the sex that they do. “They fear what they don’t understand ,and some people just don’t understand how some people are attracted to the same-sex,” said Ms. Holmes. Some people think love should be equal, but some think love should be between a male and a female.