Nine years can make a big difference in the lives of people who are looking for compassion and acceptance. With same-sex married couples in Massachusetts, it already has.
The Census Bureau reported a sharp increase of over 3,000 in same-sex marriage couples than were reported in the state of Massachusetts from 2000 to 2009. Although, prior to the year 2000, there were many blissfully wed couples living their dream of co-habitation, the white picket fence and the suburban lifestyle, they just weren’t reporting it to the Census Bureau. Many couples cited reasons that are widely known, but still not right or acceptable:
- People wouldn’t understand their feelings and decision to “come out”
- There would be a mockery made of their decision to openly admit their same-sex marriages
- There could be dire consequences for same-sex married couples who made their unions public
Fortunately, in many states like Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, Vermont and New Hampshire, same-sex marriages are now legal and recognized as such, making it more comfortable and easier for couples who are in love to feel confident and better in expressing their love – openly.
When it comes to same-sex marriages, it’s not something that has to be “tolerated,” but instead should be celebrated. Unfortunately, too many couples have lived so long “in the closet,” hiding their love for family and friends. They’ve lived in places where they likely felt more “accepted.” Whether it was in a suburban neighborhood in Connecticut, in Boston apartments or on a college campus in Vermont, their quality of living has been anything but quality-filled.
With the release of the Massachusetts Census Report, same-sex couples are seeing that there are others who share the same ideas as they do. There is more confidence in saying that they love someone of the same gender and want to share a legal lifetime commitment with that person.