Written by a straight man, this article highlights some of the best reasons to support legalizinggay marriage. Marriage is the key ingredient for a happiness and stability and this shouldn't be deniedfrom gay persons. If America wants to call itself free there simply is no other option.1. It's simply the right thing to do.2. Gay parents have been proven to be just as good parents as straight parents. Also, there arecountless children waiting to be adopted and gay persons in wedlock are more likely to have children.3. Children that are raised by gay parents have no more chance of being gay children than anyother child. This is a notorious lie that has been perpetuated by hate and the extreme conservative right-wing of American politics. Being gay results from nature, not nurture.4. To support the troops. "Don't Ask Don't Tell" has been repealed but this doesn't alleviatestress caused by not allowing gay partners to marry. It's not good policy to let gay combatants fight for their country with the uncertainty they have for what might happen to their partner if they die whilefighting.5. To give survivors rights to gay couples. Currently gay partners are not able to fully exercisetheir right to handle the legal matters of their dying partner and cannot fully be there for them in their final years. This is an insult to humanity to deny gay persons of the dignity of having their most lovedand trusted person in the world be there during their last days.6. For economy stability. Not just for the tax credits that straight married people enjoy, but alsofor the stability of the American economy. Allowing gay people to get married would give a growing population increased spending power. The tax benefits and extension of credit with two incomes in amarried relationship could increase spending in industries such as durable goods, home improvement,automobiles, childcare, services, event planning, the economic benefits are endless!7. Gay people deserve happiness just as much as straight people. Happiness derives from thelove and devotion that comes from marriage. While it's true that many gay people are happy with thearrangement they currently have. They have two incomes, successful careers, and if they don't havechildren they more have more disposable income, but they commonly still feel like something ismissing.8. To reduce depression in adolescents. Giving gay children the hope that they can get marriedsome day and have children in a socially acceptable country will reduce depression among gay young people. Straight children are allowed this freedom and should be no surprise that many gay teenagersexperience extreme depression.9. To reduce gay bullying in schools. If we legalize gay marriage, there will be one less reasonfor gay children to get teased. They will be less reluctant to be ashamed of their personal preferenceand will have hope that they can be just as happy as their straight counterparts.10. To help end the hate and intolerance of homosexuality in America. Just because America hasa long history of prejudice that's no reason to keep perpetuating it. The unwelcoming fringes of our society seems to become accustomed to moving from alienating one demographic to another and theresistance to gay marriage is just another example of prejudice in America.