In regard to ongoing debates about the issue of legalizing same sex marriages, I would like to offer you my opinion on the matter. I feel that this issue is one of great importance, as it deals with a very controversial topic, of which little is known. Most of my opinions are based on the fact that there is so little known about homosexuality and its roots. People should be given the right to live their lives however they please, whether that involves living with the opposite sex, or with the same sex. .
Thomas Jefferson states in the Declaration of Independence, " We hold these truths to be self evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." Therefore what makes homosexuals any different than the people that Jefferson talked about at the founding of our country? Although same-sex marriages are seen as taboo in today's culture, I believe that people should have the right to express their lifestyles and life choices in whatever manner they please, whether in civil union or marriage. People should be allowed to do whatever makes their lives enjoyable, (within reason of course.).
Marriage in general has been in a state of flux for many decades in the United States. African Americans were not allowed to marry in the US until after the civil war, until a Supreme court decision in 1967 mixed race couples could not marry, and not until recently had same sex couples been able to marry anywhere in the world (Holland being the first country to allow same sex marriages by expanding its definition of marriage to include opposite-sex and same-sex marriages.) It seems as though marriage rights have always been the last things to change with the ever-changing social norms of the United States.
The issue of homosexuality, and the marriage of same-sex couples is purely one of opinion.