Gay Marriage Legalized in Several More States

Lily Newland, Editor in Chief

Recently, the Supreme Court has ruled same sex marriage legal in Washington D.C. and in five new states, including Indiana, Utah, Oklahoma, Virginia, and Wisconsin. Even more recently, six other states, North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia, Colorado, Kansas and Wyoming were cleared, bringing the total count to 30.

It is a huge step for gay and lesbian couples, whom in those areas have long been prevented from tying the knot with their loved ones. The nation has come a long way from just a few years ago, in 2004, when Massachusetts became the first state to officially legalize gay marriage. That’s an increase of sixty percent in ten years. The statistics are incredibly promising.

While there are still a large number of opponents of nationwide legalization, today the number of proponents is even greater. In a poll taken in May 2014, results showed that 55 percent of Americans were in favor of it being legal everywhere.

“You feel extremely validated as a person and as an individual in a relationship like this,” said a Wyoming woman, in an interview with KTWO News. Her partner added, “I didn’t realize how much it would actually change how I felt but it really made a difference knowing we had the freedom to finally be married in our own state.”

It appears that it won’t be long before all couples across America will be able to enjoy this same freedom.