The recent ruling regarding gay marriage by the Supreme Court of the United States has some military members wondering how this will affect their work life. The truth is, it can only enhance your work experience. Your heterosexual marriage has likely never affected the workplace, unless you brought in unneeded drama or have a bad attitude due to marital problems. The same may happen with same-sex marriages, no relationship is perfect, but there are many benefits you may be excited to hear about.
Have you ever felt like you could use a few more hands while tirelessly working on projects or while working late on a Friday afternoon? Well, now that gay marriage is acknowledged and accepted in the military, more people may join the service. Now that there is less of a stigma associated with same-sex marriages, gay people will finally feel as if they are able to serve freely. Not only will you see an increase in workers, but an increase in aptitude. Studies have shown that same-sex couples are more educated than their heterosexual coworkers.
Have you ever wanted something very badly but were told you couldn’t have it? Ever waited tirelessly for PCS orders, checking your email every day to see if it’s your lucky day? You were probably a pain to work with. While your coworkers are working, you’re slouched over waiting for something to happen. This is a very general (and probably bad) example of how same-sex couples were waiting for their union to be legalized. Now that they can be themselves, they’re guaranteed to be much more of a joy to work with.
Opening the workplace up to different people, like same-sex couples, will allow for greater diversity. Diversity is needed in the workplace to encourage different ways of thinking and it helps to keep things fresh. Your office may be used to doing something one way, but with a more diverse group of people things could be changed to be more effective and efficient. Working with different people allows you to grow in ways you may have never expected.
Just like diversity, there is nothing wrong with more open-mindedness in the workplace. Open-minded people are commonly known to be more confident, honest, and stronger individuals than those with closed minds. Being open-minded will lead to a more cohesive work unit, allowing for employees to work better together. It can even help with the social aspect of most workplaces. You don’t have to be friends with everyone, but it sure makes it easier if you are at least cordial with coworkers.
Whether or not you agree with gay marriage is irrelevant. Since the Supreme Court has now made it legal for every state to recognize gay marriage, and the military now recognizes it, it’s here to stay. Thankfully, only good things can come from same-sex marriage in the workplace. Who would turn down highly qualified, educated employees that bring diversity and open-mindedness to the workplace to encourage better production and better results? Not Uncle Sam, that’s for sure.
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