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Equal rights?

May 6, 2009 - Nikki Younk
Same-sex marriage seems to be in the news a lot lately.

On April 3, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled “that it is illegal to discriminate against same-sex couples by denying them the right to marry,” according to a article.

Of course, we also have the incredibly irritating story of Miss California Carrie Prejean who stood up for her beliefs against gay marriage during the question portion of the Miss U.S.A. pageant.

As of today, Maine also has legalized gay and lesbian marriage. CNN quoted Maine governor John Baldacci as saying, "I have come to believe that this is a question of fairness and of equal protection under the law and that a civil union is not equal to civil marriage.”

If only more people could come to terms with that same idea, that gay marriage is all about equal rights for all people. Just look back in history. Now, it’s hard to believe that women and black Americans were once as heavily discriminated against as gay and lesbian people are today. Sure, there is still way too much discrimination in America against the former two groups, but at least now it’s illegal. Way back when, even the government stood up for discrimination against them by prohibiting women to vote and allowing slavery.

It’s great to see that, little by little, states are waking up to the issue and finally granting equal rights to all of their citizens.


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