The gay marriage controversy has been growing in debate.
Each side has refused to convert to the other. I am fully aware that there is no way of writing this without aggravating someone, but bear with me, I may have a twist. I am completely in support of the land of the free, equal rights and believing in the country in the way it was founded by our fathers, as most Americans are.
On that note, I fully support of gay marriages, because I can't think of one way that it would negatively affect the people of America by allowing it. Actually, I would get invited to some pretty fun receptions.
On the whole there is one argument made by conservatives that always comes up in disagreement to this proposal: It de-legitimizes the most sacred commitment a couple can make.
Marriage is a very complicated issue. My parents are divorced, and everyone knows someone whose parents are divorced. With the rising level of couples parting ways, hasn't marriage been lessened in value -- man and wife are no longer hanging around for the fight of till death do us part.
Maybe if the sensitive topic leaves a fear of homosexuals taking over the world, those with concerns should turn on the television and at any given time find the new and horrible escapade called Reality TV. Starting with "Who Wants to Marry a Millionaire?" lovely ladies were lined up in front of a not-so attractive man, in quest for so-called love. Yeah, right. Who in the real world (pun intended) can really find love on TV, in front of all of America, when a million bucks is at stake?
So then reality TV had to add a twist. "Joe Millionaire" entered the airwaves with the nation knowing that Joe is not in fact a ba-gillionaire and the poor woman in question had to choose to stay with him even with his low-paying construction job and no money.
Well, big surprise, they were awarded some money. How obvious is that.
The trend continues. Now on the air is "Who Wants to Marry My Dad."
No one wants to marry your dad. There is no way to compete and have a successful marriage after a month or less of knowing each other. All it does is set people up for heartbreak and drama because there always has to be a twist. Something will inevitably come into the picture and destroy the set up.
Marriage is an important part of life. There is absolutely no way to justify setting up people on television for a lifetime of commitment, without recognizing that today, we have placed a slightly different twist on what it means to get married. The youth of America have grown up knowing that we have a screwed-up way of deciding on love, including among other things, money, looks and impulse.
This takes me back to my original point. Before arguing against same-sex unions, take a look at the example being set on television, which makes a complete mockery of the important idea we call marriage.
Personally, I give props to anyone who is truly in love for all the right reasons and wants to get married to demonstrate the dedication for a significant other.
Learning to tolerate the behavior of others is a first-grade lesson, right there with sharing. Everyone has the option and ability to leave and walk away when something is bothering them. We have begun to accept divorce as a light situation because it is so common. This is the way a free country evolves, so if we can adjust to counterfeit TV marriages, gay marriage is not far behind.
-Ashley Devick is entertainment editor of The Daily Beacon and a senior in creative writing. She can be reached at adevick@utk.edu.