As Fred Sainz, vice president of the gay rights group human Rights Campaign, stated “It has been the gayest year in gay rights.“ In just one year, the number of states that allow gay and lesbian to marry has increased from six states to 16. As of now, gay marriage has been legalized in the following states: Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, Vermont, New Hampshire, New York, Washington, Maine, Maryland, California, Delaware, Rhode Island, Minnesota, New Jersey, Hawaii and Illinois.
Some have suggested that this is because President Obama has decided to focus on Gay Marriage. “He's a guy who took an issue that had been something of a hot potato and put both his hands on it and said, 'I am mainstreaming this issue,’ Jonathan Rauch, a resident scholar at the Brookings Institution, said. Since Obama has touched this subject, it has shown great outcomes and such a leap from before. Even though, it shows a great growth, people still wonder how things would be with legalized gay marriage.
One of the many reasons why people think gay marriage shouldn’t be legalized is because marriage has been traditionally defined as between a man and a woman. Some argue that the institution of marriage would be further weakened. Since there is already a very high divorce rate, it is argued that allowing same-sex marriage would much further raise the divorce rate. The main reason people don’t want gay marriage is also because marriage leads to kids giving the idea that kids wouldn't have a stable relationship as if they would with a mother and father.
The favorable side of legalizing gay marriage would make a great difference. Rejecting the ability for same-sex couples to marry would make discriminating people much easier. It is also proven that divorce rates were lowered when gay marriage was banned. Massachusetts had the lowest divorce rate in 2008, after being the first state to legalize gay marriage from 2004. Between 2003 and 2008, Massachusetts’ divorce rate deteriorated 21%. Also, when Alaska prohibited gay marriage, their divorce rate raised by 17.2%. In conclusion, I believe that legalizing gay marriage would give same-sex couples more opportunities and also help divorce rates around the country.