Barack Obama
Obama standing with his arms folded and smiling
44th President of the United States
In office January 20, 2009 – January 20, 2017
Vice President Joe Biden
Preceded by George W. Bush
Succeeded by Donald Trump
United States Senator from Illinois
In office January 3, 2005 – November 16, 2008
Preceded by Peter Fitzgerald
Succeeded by Roland Burris
Member of the Illinois Senate from the 13th district
In office January 8, 1997 – November 4, 2004
Preceded by Alice Palmer
Succeeded by Kwame Raoul
Personal details
Born Barack Hussein Obama II(1961-08-04) August 4, 1961 (age 55)Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Michelle Robinson (m. 1992)
  • Malia
  • Sasha
Relatives See Family of Barack Obama
Awards Nobel Peace Prize (2009)Profile in Courage Award (2017)

Gay Marriage

Dear Mr. President and Congress,
I am addressing the conflict of gay marriage. I know this is a very controversial topic. It may or may not ever be sorted out. However, I am just going to throw out my opinion and I hope you take the time to listen with open minds.
Choice, morals, and religion. Most all who don’t agree or support gay marriage have at least one of these listed as a reason as to why gay marriage should not be legalized. I know that no matter what and the decisions that you and Congress makes as a whole, not everyone is going to be happy. It’s impossible. But look at it this way; if you are straight you were born believing that was right and you’ve never been judged or humiliated because of that. However, if you were born gay there’s always that secretiveness and worry flooding your mind. Did you notice I said born gay? The opposing side believes that gays choose to be this way. But when you really sit down to think about it, why would anyone choose this lifestyle in the first place? Who would want to constantly be judged based on what society thinks is “right”? Who would want to have to move to a state that actually allows them and their partner to have the official title of marriage with the person that they love? I don’t believe anyone in their right mind would choose that. Most people would choose to do what they believe is right. That is the concept of morals. If you are gay that is only normal to them and abnormal being straight, as it is the opposite for straight individuals. No one would willingly choose a harder lifestyle, if they had the choice of a better and easier one. Some believe that God even hates gays and they use that as an excuse to be against gay marriage. I believe if you were true to your religion you would accept a person as they are just as God does. God loves all. God forgives if you ask to be forgiven. All of those “reasons” are stopping innocent people from truly being happy. What happened to equal rights? Love is love, no matter the sex and it should not be judged upon that. 19 states have already legalized gay marriage and 31 have banned it. That means it is illegal in over half of the United States. Not every gay couple is going to pack up their belongings and move to a state where their marriage is legalized. That could mean leaving behind family, a job, hometown, and your whole life. It is not fair to those that want to express their love and become married. What I don’t understand is why we cannot legalize same sex marriage as a country and let those who don’t agree, suck it up. Gay couples aren’t getting married to intentionally bother them, so why should it matter to them? If they don’t like it, they don’t have to. It does not have to affect their lifestyle in any way, only they choose to let it affect them. They have the privilege of calling their loved one their husband or wife, so why can’t gays? My parents have always raised me with the “treat people how you want to be treated” concept. If straights are accepted it is only fair that gays are also, EVERYWHERE. Even if same sex marriage were legalized I know that there would still be judgment because nothing can take that away in the world that we live in today. Although, some of this is opinion based I truly hope that you would take this into deep consideration. Thank you for your time.

Olivia Scherer


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