Relationship Between Support Of Same Sex Marriage

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The Relationship Between Support of Same-Sex Marriage and Religion

Theresa Lonetti
Professor Arshad Ali
August 14, 2015

Quite recently on June 26th, 2015 the U.S. Supreme Court decided that same-sex marriage is a constitutional right that must be legalized and upheld in all 50 states. Previous to this decision thirteen states had same-sex marriage bans in place, and eight more were awaiting appeals to overturn legislation banning same-sex marriage bans. That makes 21 states out of 50 that do not support same-sex marriage. In preparation for the likely decision by the Supreme Court states like Michigan passed laws banning public figures like judges from officiating marriages forcing anyone seeking that right to have to go to a religious leader. Other states have allowed businesses that disagree with same-sex marriage the right to refuse service for a same-sex marriage ceremony, and religious adoption agency the right to refuse placement of a child with a same-sex couple. The question remains of why in the land of the free are couples still fighting for equal rights of marriage when the first state to grant same sex marriage was over eleven years ago in Massachusetts. The roadblock would appear to be the religiosity of the nation. A large reason why this topic is still being debated today is the fact that a population of American citizens finds gay marriage to be morally repugnant. The lack of acceptance by citizens is often times…
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