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Gay Marriage

  • Date Submitted: 03/14/2010 08:17 PM
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First of all, homosexuals should have the equal right as offered to other citizens. The government's role is to guarantee the freedom and equality of every citizen under the law. In 1967, the Supreme Court announced that marriage is one of the most basic civil rights of man, essential to the pursuit of happiness. Men and women alike all want to reach happiness, and the U.S. may be keeping homosexuals to reach this state of mind because some people deem it unnecessary for same-sex couples to marry. Letting homosexuals marry will not hinder our society in anyway. In addition, there is no justification for treating any group of people as second-class citizens simply because of their sexual orientation. Eliminating discrimination against gays is no different from granting voting rights to blacks in that it gives full citizenship rights to an excluded group. The U.S. is the country free of prejudice that they need to stop trying to control people’s lives.
Next, the right to freedom of religion is so central to American democracy. According to the “Separation of Church and State”, the church stays out of the state’s business and the states stay out of the church’s business. The First Amendment states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” A church's teachings regarding the definition and "sanctity" of marriage have no place in federal law. Any amendment banning same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, not because it injects the Constitution with discrimination, but because it injects it with religion in the form of sanctity. Civil marriage is not a religious sacrament, and American citizens must learn to recognize the difference.


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