Nate says he's surprised gay marriage has been such a controversial issue. "I'm so in favor that everyone should have equal rights regardless of who you are or what you are or how you label yourself," he says. "The thought that this is such a huge controversy in our country in 2009—I'm not sure I get that."

If gay marriage were legal everywhere, Nate says he would want to have a wedding one day. "I think people don't necessarily understand is that. … When you want to make that commitment to the person you love, to the person you want to be with forever, you want to have that ceremony and be surrounded by your friends."

When it comes down to it, Nate says he's frustrated he doesn't have the same marriage rights as everyone else. "I don't want to be told that I can't do it," he says.


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