By Kayla McCaine
A recent legalization of same-sex marriage was a win for its supporters. Same-sex marriage has been legalized in nine states including, Connecticut, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Vermont, Washington, the District of Columbia and two Native American Tribes.
Maine, Maryland and Washington are new additions to the list as of the sixth of November.
“I think that it’s a good idea because everyone should be able to love as they wish,” Sophomore Nathalie Mondragon said. “I don’t necessarily agree with it, I accept it because it’s not fair they aren’t able to marry the ones they love just because they’re the same-sex.”
The referendums voters passed in Maryland and Washington cleared the way for same-sex marriage to take effect after the respective state legislatures passed bills to authorize it.
“I think that we should honor states individual rights and not try to federalize anything, because no one state is like another state and it’s in the constitution” said art teacher Zane Carrol.
The legal issues surrounding same-sex marriage in the United States are complicated by the nation’s federal system of government. Prior to 1996, the federal government did not define marriage; any marriage recognized by a state was recognized by the federal government, even if that marriage was not recognized by one or more other states.
“I don’t want same-sex marriage legalized in Texas because it’s against my religion, and if I believe strongly in something, I’m not going to change my views.” said Senior Cecilia Garza.
Same-sex marriage still has not been legalized in many states, including Texas. When asked how this affects the community, art teacher Zane Carroll said, “Well, I think for the gay and lesbian community it would be a victory. Even though other groups wouldn’t see it the same way. I think it’s just a social issue. I don’t see it happening in Texas anytime soon.”
But if it were, it would be a huge achievement for the lesbian and gay community.