Same Sex Marriage Is A Matter Of Civil Law

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Same-sex marriage is one of the most controversial issues in the modern world. In the past, marriage was recognized as a social union between a man and a woman and in most cultures, homosexuality was viewed as abnormal and forbidden. However, today, homosexual relationships are fighting their way towards global acceptance as the LGBT community has been extremely active, advocating for their right to marry since the early 90s. With an increased in tolerance for homosexuality in society, controversy over the legalization of gay marriage has become more pressing. To those against it, claiming it will have an overall negative effect on society; gays claim that it is against basic civil rights to prohibit them from marrying ("What Are The Reasons For And Against Gay Marriage”). Same-sex marriage is a civil matter, not a church affair, as marriage is a matter of civil law. Thus, it is unconstitutional to deny equal civil rights to citizens, so it is unconstitutional to deny homosexual couples the right to marry. When arguing about same-sex marriage as a matter of civil right, people appeal to “the constitutional principles of equal protection and equal treatment” (Skillen). As of 2015, there are 37 states in which same-sex marriage is legal, leaving 13 states with bans (“States”). The Massachusetts Supreme Court was the first to legalize same-sex marriage in May 17, 2004, after the Goodridge v. Department of Public Health case (“History and Timeline of the Freedom to Marry in the

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