Summary: On June 26 2015, the US Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage is a legal right across the United States. 14 states with bans on same-sex marriage will no longer be able to enforce them, and thus ruling brings to an end more than a decade of bitter legal battles. Some celebrated this occasion with rainbow flags, while others had differing opinions on same-sex marriage.
Opinion: The US has taken a huge step towards equality through the legalization of same-sex marriage and that is why we feel like this piece of news should be on the front cover of the Times magazine. For many years and even till today, the LGBT community has faced discrimination, hostility and sometimes even violence against them, solely because of their sexual orientation. Even the legalization of same-sex marriage did not fail to spark debate among the country's citizens. In our opinion, we feel like none of us have control over our sexual orientation and it is something we cannot choose. Furthermore, why are people who have absolutely no control over their gender not given equal rights as the rest? In the past, interracial marriage was illegal. But now, modern society has realized that it was a law that denied equal rights to couples who loved each other. The issue of gay marriage is not any different. Especially since the legalization of same-sex marriage has no effect on the heterosexual community, why is the LGBT community denied of such a right? Currently, only 21 countries in the world have legalized same-sex marriage and that says a lot about how much the LGBT community is accepted in today's society. Many other countries are still too conservative to legalize same-sex marriage, hence, we think that the US has done something great by legalizing same-sex marriage not only for their country but also for the rest of the world to follow through. Therefore, with this article on the front cover of the Times magazine, it will continue to help spread awareness on LGBT rights and it will influence the rest of the world to give the LGBT community the rights that they deserve.