It is a known sociological and anthropological fact that societies are fluid and dynamic. Cultural shifts are inevitable—social norms evolve and conform accordingly. Our founding fathers recognized this and planned appropriately by constructing the framework of our government to aptly deal with changes in societal norms and ideologies. History tells us change is like eating your vegetables—met first by resistance and then swallowed with time. I believe that this is why the issue of same-sex marriage is not only significant in terms of tolerance and civil liberties, but also for future sociocultural questions that deal with the changing mentality regarding relationships and love. Traditional values do not need to be compromised, only progressively reinforced and altered if necessary. For that reason alone, gay Americans should have the constitutional ability to marry.