Consider how you would feel if you were told that who you are, and the way you feel isn’t human. Imagine being treated like a young confused animal, which can be “re-trained,” for lack of a better phrase, if society just doesn’t accept who you are. This is a sad state of affairs, gay or straight, people are people and they should not be treated as anything less. Same-sex couples should be awarded the same benefits and rights as heterosexual couples, including the right to marriage. For a little over two decades, same-sex marriage has been a highly debated topic. The debate centers around if gay and lesbian couples should be allowed the right to enter into a legal marriage. While civil unions have more support than same-sex marriage, they…show more content… He then sought out legal counsel to represent him and other couples, and as a result after much trying and a lot of time put into these court proceedings, was able to get the Supreme Court to decide that marriage was not limited to heterosexuals.
Much of the opposition on same-sex marriage comes directly from religious teachings on marriage and homosexuality. Islam, for example, officially prohibits same-sex marriage, whereas Reform Judaism has long permitted same-sex couples to celebrate their commitment. The Roman Catholic Church opposes same-sex marriage. A lot of religious debates argue using the undeniable fact that there are readings and quotes from the Bible that are intolerant of homosexuality. These passages include:
“Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.” (Lev. 18:22, New Standard Version)
“If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.” (Lev. 20:13, New Standard Version)
While this is true, there are also other things to consider. The most important being that times change and society develops. We are not the same people, nor do we have the same customs, economic situations, technology (or lack thereof), that was present in society 5,000 years ago. Another valid concern is, that not allowing same sex marriage goes against the 14th Amendment’s “Equal Protection Clause” of the U.S