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Liberty And Justice For All

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Liberty and Justice for All
All American citizens who pay their taxes and abide by all laws set by the government believe they deserve all rights afforded under the Constitution of the United States of America. This includes the right of Marriage.
Who defines marriage? Recently, many lower courts say there is no evidence why gays should not be allowed to marry. These courts realize the American principle of human rights. The reasoning behind such laws and beliefs seems more like direct prejudice rather than an overwhelming reason worthy of denying people their civil rights. Many countries throughout the world have extended equal rights of marriage to same-sex couples. The first country to do so was Denmark in 1989. Other countries were
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However, the concept of gay marriage is still not considered a right the American people should extend to homosexuals even with the Supreme Court ruling.
A huge misunderstanding underlying this debate is the assumption that gays have a "choice" to whom they can feel attracted. Just as heterosexuals cannot" choose" whom they are attracted to, neither can homosexuals. Opposition movements, such as the Focus on the Family led by Dr. James Dobson, claim to "promote the truth that homosexuality is preventable and treatable" (Dobson 74). Dobson goes further in claiming, "living as a homosexual is not as happy-go lucky as frequently portrayed in the entertainment media" (Dobson 72). How can a member of the straight community say with an "expert opinion" that homosexuality can be "changed," or even whether a homosexual can be happy or not? What about the research done to prove that homosexuality is purely genetic? No one would ever" choose" to live a life faced with prejudice and discrimination.
The First Amendment states, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof ... " (" Amendments"). While the amendment clearly protects the right of religious freedom, it also confirms that the Bible has no relevance in American law. Religion is not supposed to be the basis for our country 's laws. Nevertheless,
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