Nov 4, 2011
May 9, 2012 we heard Barack Obama declare his support for legalizing same-sex marriage in the United States. This makes him the first president to really show his support for those who want to marry their significant someone despite what gender they both are. Same sex marriage has surely been a subject of debate for many long years now and to this day, it’s still not legal in all 50 states but that doesn’t mean that it hasn’t gotten anywhere.
If you are wanting to marry your partner but you aren’t really sure where it’s legal and if it’s legal at all in any states, you’ve come to the right place. While gay marriage is still illegal in many states, there are some that have opened their minds and hearts to idea of any two people who are in love getting married.
Gay Marriage Rights are Getting Stronger-
In a recent study, it showed that the majority of Americans today do believe that same sex marriage should be legal and are in full support. Today, there are five states where gay marriage is 100% legal along with Washington D.C. These six states are:
• Massachusetts- Gay marriage became legal in Massachusetts in 2004
• Connecticut- Gay marriage became legal in Connecticut in 2008
• Iowa- Gay marriage became legal in Iowa in 2009
• Vermont- Gay marriage became legal in Vermont in 2009
• New Hampshire- Gay marriage became legal in New Hampshire in 2010
• New York- Gay marriage become legal in New York in June of 2011
As you can see, the legalization of gay marriage is progressing as the years go by. Many people all over the country hope to see gay marriage be legalized in all 50 states some day. There are protests, rallies, parades and much more for people to get out their and show just how much support they have.
Can You Get Married In Those States if You Don’t Live There?
Yes. Many gay couples will travel to those states, get married and then return back to their home in whatever state they live in. You just need to have the money for the marriage license and then come back to your original state and share your lives together. There are many other states that are trying to gain legal rights for gay couples to get married.
These states are all trying to pass gay marriage and many gay rights supporters will be voicing their opinions when election day arrives and it comes time to vote.
What You Can Do-
If you are wanting same sex marriages to become legal in all 50 states, it’s time to voice your opinions in anyway that you can. You can get involved in the LGBT community, which stands for lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender. Even if you are none of the above but you still feel that they should have marriage rights just as everyone else, get involved. Many states hold very big parades and the LGBT community likes to hold rallies in support of trying to gain the legalization.
If you are gay or lesbian, there is no better time than the present to try and get involved. Do some research on rallies that you can protest in around your city and in your state. Every voice counts when it comes to fighting for what you truly want. If you truly want gay marriage to be legalized, you can make the difference in making it happen. Voices have already made a difference by getting six states and the district of Columbia to change the traditional ways and make gay marriage legal. Only 44 more states to go!