The Debate On Gay Marriage

860 Words Dec 10th, 2015 4 Pages
A recent Supreme Court decision ruling that homosexual couples were, by law, allowed to marry sparked great debate when made public. Advocates for same love rejoiced, painting profile pictures in the colors of the rainbow and crying out that reform was attainable. On the flip side, opponents mourned the direction the nation was facing, firing back on social media with firm viewpoints but little else. For its highly controversial standing, the debate on gay marriage brings to light a question buried beneath the subject. How does the individual determine right from wrong? It would seem that a person’s morality is predetermined, but has the ability to change when external influences act upon it. When injustices arise, the person, based on his or her conscience, will step in and take action to right the wrong.
A person’s conscience points the way in his or her life, guiding where to go, what to do, and how to speak. This conscience is a pre-instilled set of morals that directs how an individual feels on a certain subject and whether it is right or wrong. The Grapes of Wrath, written by John Steinbeck, makes good note of this natural inclination, saying that people knew of the “right to talk and to listen” (265). The migrant families knew automatically what was acceptable and what was inappropriate. By nature, the migrants instinctively knew where to step and how to interact. In an earlier chapter, good conscience is also exhibited when Mae, a waitress, sells candy to a few…

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