By Robin Ngai, Staff Writer

What's your stance on the marriage debate?/ PHOTO BY Robin Ngai

What’s your stance on the marriage debate?/ PHOTO BY Robin Ngai

The ideals and values of traditional marriage are being destroyed and redefined all around America today. And honestly, it’s about time.

On Thursday, Carina Kolodny of the Huffington Post published a piece speaking out against traditional marriages. In it, Kolodny expresses her support of creating more equality between men and women in traditional marriages for issues like career advancement and child care.

With an increasing number of states supporting gay marriage, it’s hard for Americans to avoid talking about how traditional gender roles no longer apply to 21st century marriages.

According to the United States Department of Labor, women make up 47 percent of the total U.S. labor force. This means that fewer women are staying home, and more women are helping to bring home paychecks.

This will affect how traditional marriage couples will handle child care, and whether kids will even be a part of the picture. These questions will have to be answered because marriage equality is no longer a thing of the past. It’s here and we must be prepared for change.

Same-sex couples will be making choices such as which parent stays home with the kids, who will be working more hours at the office, and what last name their future child will take on.

These couples will not be making their decisions based on gender, tradition, or stereotypes. This is something that traditional married couples should take into account. They shouldn’t let stereotypes and tradition control the choices being made in their marriage, rather they should do what is right for them.

We tend to value tradition in an age where equality needs to be more prevalent for men, women, same-sex couples, and Americans everywhere.

Same-sex marriages are changing the face of traditional marriages and I, for one, support it.