Gay Marriage: 15 Things You Should Know (Part 2)

Our part one article with the first seven things that everyone should know about gay marriage really surprised you, and now we are back to fill you in even more with part two! Read on to discover all of the top eight juicy, exclusive secrets that everyone should learn about gay marriage!

Number Eight: Gaining Followers

After the Netherlands legalized same-sex marriage in 2001, a handful of other countries followed suit. By 2014, Canada, Spain, Denmark, Belgium, and many other countries legalized the ceremony.

Number Seven: Gay Marriage on TV

As stated previously, gay marriage wasn’t legal anywhere until the 2000’s. Despite this ban, public opinion began to work its way into television. The television shows Roseanne and Friends, both aired in the ‘90s, each featured a gay marriage.

Number Six: Progress in the U.S.

The United States surprised its citizens as the Supreme Court discredited the DOMA act, and instead stated that same-sex marriage was to be seen as legal. This is widely thought to be a reaction to President Obama’s open statement to the press in 2012 on his opinion that gay marriage should be legal.

Number Five: The Statement that Made Waves

When Obama opened up about his position on gay marriage, it opened doors for the country. The president revealed that his daughters had friends with same-sex parents who had come over for dinner, and told the press that “it didn’t dawn on [his daughters] that somehow their friends’ parents would be treated differently.  It doesn’t make sense to them. And frankly, that’s the kind of thing that prompts a change of perspective- not wanting to somehow explain to your child why somebody should be treated differently when it comes to eyes of the law.”

Number Four: A Screeching Halt

While remarkable progress has been made across the globe for the rights of same-sex couples, many areas are still appalled by the concept. In Iran, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, and a handful of other countries, the crime is punishable by death.

Number Three: The Origin of Marriage

Though many see marriage as a biblical concept, it dates back even further from these times. The ceremony was initially meant to be a formal agreement between two people to begin a family unit, lending protection to one another for the betterment of the family. Since modern times, it is meant to signify emotional commitment between two people to join their lives.

Number Two: Native American Stance

As many as 11 Native American tribes have announced their approval of same-sex marriage, as they are free to govern their own affairs. The Cheyenne, Coquille, Mashantucket, and Arapaho are just a few who give their support.

Number One: The Times are Changing

No matter what your view might be on the rights of gay marriage, progress is ruling in the favor of love. Traditional marriage has changed with the modern day, and this legal union is now recognized to be protected under the U.S. Constitution’s right to liberty and equality. We hope you enjoyed exploring our list of the 15 things that you should know about gay marriage!