The Fight For Equal Marriage

1292 WordsApr 26, 20176 Pages
The fight for equal marriage rights has been one of great length. Although this topic only brought to attention of the Supreme Court in 2015, gay marriage has long been a topic of interest in American society. Prior to 2015, gay marriage was only acknowledged and legal in select states, not nationwide. This caused great distress and heartache. One case in particular, the case that was brought to the supreme court, is very representative of such dejection. The subjects of such case are James Obergefell and John Arthur of Ohio. In 2013, the two were legally married in Maryland. Shortly after, however, Mr. Arthur grew terminally ill, and eventually passed away. Due to Ohio state laws, the state refused to put “married” on Mr. Arthur’s death…show more content…
Hodges 40-41). Based off of these cases, there has clearly been great perplexion as to how homosexuality should be viewed and treated. Which leads to the controversy of gay marriage, and Obergefell v. Hodges. Obergefell v. Hodges was the Supreme Court case of 2015, which ultimately granted equal marriage rights to same-sex couples. Obergefell was arguing in favor of equal marriage rights, while Hodges had an opposing argument. This case was brought to the Supreme Court after the state of Ohio refused to put a married status on the death certificate of James Obergefell’s late husband in 2013. Theodore Wymyslo, James Obergefell’s defendant in the original Ohio case, appealed the ruling against Obergefell, which led to the case being pushed to higher courts throughout 2014, eventually reaching the Supreme Court in 2015 (LGBT Rights on the Docket). In the Obergefell v. Hodges case, Obergefell’s side discussed topics such as the expansion of marriage and gay rights, the due process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, and the undeniable rights associated with marriage in their argument. Hodges’ side, however, had much weaker arguments, such as same-sex marriages will ruin the reputation of marriage, and religious views are conflicting of the premise of same-sex marriage. Taking a more extensive look into both sides of this case proves to be very interesting and thought provoking. Oberefell’s first argument was that marriage has
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