Same Sex Marriage

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Same sex marriage has been a topic on the rise throughout the U.S. It is what some of us may consider one of the more important topics of discussion for this time period. So far 17 states out of 50 have declared same sex marriage legal (States, 2013). Same sex marriage should be legal throughout the U.S. because same sex couples have a civil right to get married, along with a right to have access to the same benefits as heterosexual couples, and to be treated as equals without fear of discrimination. Same sex marriage is a civil right. In 1958 a couple named Richard and Mildred Loving were arrested in their home for interracial marriage in Virginia, which happened to be illegal at the time. They received a 1-year jail sentence, which was …show more content…
In February 2004 the Massachusetts Supreme Court wrote an opinion to the state Senate stating that having civil unions instead of marriages wasn’t acceptable because allowing same sex couples to have a civil union, but not allowing them to be married, makes gay couples seem as if they were considered as second class status (Gay Marriage Legal, n.d.). As a matter of fact the Arizona Governor Jan Brewer vetoed a bill recently, which would have allowed business owners the right to refuse service to gay couples based on religion (Santos, 2014). However, as discussed in class during one of the presentations, how would you differentiate between who is doing it for religious purposes and who is doing it because they discriminate against same sex couples? Chuck Coughlin, a public affairs consultant who worked with the Governor of Arizona and her team when she was elected, said in regards to this bill that, “We already have laws to sufficiently protect peoples religious freedom in this country and this bill could actually empower people to discriminate”(Santos, 2014). On the other side many people claim that it has nothing to do with discrimination and everything to do with religion. For example, the people who say they want to use the Arizona bill for their own religious purposes. Many people believe in what the Bible says. The bible claims that marriage was established by God, the creator of all things, and was intended to be

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