Same Sex Marriage And The Catholic Church

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Introduction: An Issue of Human Rights
While seventeen states have already granted couples the right to marry whom they love regardless of gender, the rest of the country continues to forbid same-sex couples to marry (Ahuja) and in doing so, infringe upon one of the most basic freedoms we are allowed. Arguments for same-sex marriage, despite being backed up with hard legal evidence and Supreme Court rulings, continue to face opposition on the grounds of religious beliefs and personal values.

Same-Sex Marriage and the Catholic Church
Often cited by Catholics is an interpretation of marriage as being “a promise made to God” and “a holy sacrament” that is only to be shared between one man and one woman. Other biblical interpretations suggest that a capital sin is committed by those in homosexual relationships and therefore must be strictly forbidden to all. However, marriage in itself is a secular institution, meaning that it is not subject to the ideals of any religion. Furthermore, any man and woman can get married at this time regardless of their religion. While same-sex marriages may not be welcome inside the Catholic Church, denying them outside of the Catholic Church is a discriminatory practice, allowed to occur in the name of religious preservation.

Personal Definitions of Natural Law
Many who allege same-sex marriage as a violation of their religious beliefs also regard same-sex marriage as an opposition of natural law, or the beliefs and ethics that we
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