Civil Rights And Freedom Of Speech

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Civil rights and liberties are protections granted to United States citizens through the Constitution. The key difference between the two is that civil rights are rights that need protection by the government. Examples of civil rights include laws ensuring people 's’ physical integrity and safety, laws to make sure that people are not forced into labor, and laws providing equal access to health care, education, culture, etc. among others. These are important because they ensure that every citizen receives equal treatment, regardless of who they are. Civil liberties on the other hand, are rights that need protection from the government. Examples of civil liberties include freedom of speech, press, and assembly, the right to vote, and the right to equality in public places, along with others. They are important because they guard the rights and freedom of citizens of the United States. Without them, we would not be able to have certain rights such as freedom of speech, freedom of press, fair trials, or other essential liberties that make us uniquely American. A current issue that deals with our civil rights and liberties is the topic of gay rights, specifically gay marriage. This is a controversial issue that has become prominent in recent years due to members of the LGBT community taking a stand and making sure their voices are being heard. Gay rights are an important topic because in some states, it is illegal to marry a person of the same sex, which some may argue is
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