Persuasive Essay On Gay Marriage

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In the monumental 2015 Supreme Court case Obergefell v. Hodges, the majority of the justices voted that the right to marry is a fundamental right of the people, regardless of the gender of the two-people joining in matrimony. Although this current Supreme Court case is considered a landmark case for the progression towards equality, this national debate pertaining to gay marriage has been going on since the 1986 case of Bowers v. Hardwick, which altered a Georgia law to “consider only the constitutionality of applying the law to homosexual sodomy” (Linder). The decision by this Supreme Court reflects the decades of previous Supreme Court cases about the actual constitutionality of same-sex marriage as well as the ongoing debate between widely different viewpoints. Nevertheless, due to the nature of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, specifically the Fourteenth Amendment, there is a constitutional precedence for the decision to allow homosexual people to marry. In addition, the history of cases about marriage and the recent Supreme Court case solidified the right for these people to marry. As said by Justice Anthony Kennedy, “No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family” (Liptak). Because of the nature and belief of the Fourteenth Amendment on equality and rights of a discriminated group of people, the right for gay people to marry has rational and constitutional validations. According to

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