Students give mixed reactions to same-sex marriage legalization
Madison Dennis | Editor-in-Chief
When Bobby Hale, nontraditional student in business, heard about New York legalizing same-sex marriage, he was thrilled.
“I was very proud to be a gay person in that moment,” Hale said.
New York lawmakers voted Friday, June 24, to legalize same-sex marriage, becoming the sixth and largest state to do so, joining Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont.
Dani Drake, a sophomore in biology, had a markedly different reaction to the law.
“I was very surprised and definitely taken aback,” Drake said. “It didn’t pass two years ago in a Democratic majority, so I was shocked that it passed with a Republican-controlled Senate.”
Drake says she disagrees with New York’s decision.
“I believe in marriage between a man and a woman, and I’m against any laws or legalities that make same-sex marriage appear to be normal human behavior,” Drake said. “Not only does it violate my spiritual beliefs, but it also defies my belief in animal nature and biology.”
But some students don’t have a strong opinion on the subject.
“I am glad to hear that more people can be happy,” said Cassidy Shaw, undeclared freshman. “I am not too passionate either way. I wouldn’t have been surprised if it hadn’t passed either.”
Shaw said that she has grown up in a culture that has polarized gay marriage for as long as she can remember.
“There has never been a time when the issue wasn’t really strongly debated one way or another,” Shaw said. “I kind of always grew up figuring that I didn’t want to split one way or another. I don’t think it should be outlawed, but I don’t think it should be this issue that further splits society either.”
Hale said that although the gay rights movement is slowly making steps toward general acceptance, those with apathy toward the issue are those he hopes will soon support it.
“I think there’s a lot of people out there who, you know, just haven’t thought about it that much,” Hale said. “If they took a look at what their morals are and how they feel, they would likely discover that this is something they support.”
Shaw said that she has never been asked to support either side of the argument.
“I would feel really uncomfortable if someone asked me to publicly support something anti-gay or pro-gay,” Shaw said. “It’s not a position I want to take, no matter how further we get divided on it.”