Marriage is many things.
Marriage is a daily compromise between two individuals who have chosen to spend their life together.
Marriage is a commitment.
Marriage is the willingness and the want to wake up to one person every day for what will hopefully be the rest of your life.
The landmark decision late last week to make same sex marriage the law of the land was met with fervor on both sides of the aisle. Couples who have been together (and some by extension, raising their children together) for years, will now be recognized with the same rights, privileges and responsibilities that straight couples have taken for granted.
But there are some that are mourning this ruling. Their point of view is that the voters, not the Supreme Court, should have made the decision.
While I respect their point of view and their right to state their opinion, I disagree with them.
Marriage and the concept of marriage has come a long way. It is no longer a husband lording over his wife. Marriage is the want of two adults, who are ready, willing and able to make a life together.
I believe that the people who oppose same sex marriage should applaud this ruling, not fight it. Watching same sex couple finally get to tie the knot reminds us why we value marriage. If they really value marriage and what it represents (stability, a solid home life, raising children in a two parent household), then they are only fighting against what they state is the ideal way to live.