Same Sex Marriage Debate Paper

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Same Sex Marriage Debate Laquesha R. Mabry Belhaven University, Desoto August 12, 2015 Same Sex Marriage Debate Same sex marriage is a very controversial subject when it comes to the foundation of marriage. Politics, government, constitutional liberty and equality have played a role in the debate on same sex marriage. The Declaration of Independence (1776) states, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” (www.ushistory.org, para. 2). On June 26, 2015 the Supreme Court rule in a 5-4 vote that same-sex couples are now allowed to marry in all 50 states. This ruling has changed the course of history and how marriage is defined. While some feel that it is a big step in the march toward equality, others call the ruling “deeply disheartening”. Although historic as it may be, it places yet another division within our country. I believe same sex marriage is an immoral act that goes against God’s words and defiles the institution upon which marriage is built. For some time now courts and government have been key role players in the decision making in our society. The courts have gone back and forth on the issue of same sex marriage. In one instance they were in agreement of the individual rights to marry, but others times they were emphasizing that the rights were a partial right to privacy along with a number constitutional provisions. Wilson (1996), discusses three arguments concerning homosexual marriage, two against and one for that label them “prohibitionist, conservative and liberal” and a fourth one which advocates abolishing all distinctions between he... ... middle of paper ... ...ving Translation The Declaration of Independence. (n.d.). Retrieved August 4, 2015, from http://www.ushistory.org/declaration/document Failinger, M. A. (2009). Sex and the Statehouse: The Law and the American Same-Sex Marriage Debate. Dialog: A Journal of Theology, 48(1), 19-29. doi:10.1111/j.1540-6385.2009.00427.x Holzer, S. (2014). Natural Law, Natural Rights, and Same-Sex Civil Marriage: Do Same-Sex Couples Have A Natural Right To Be Married? Texas Review of Law & Politics, 19(1), 63-79. Köstenberger, A. J. (2010). God, marriage, and family: rebuilding the biblical foundation. Wheaton: Crossway. Same sex Marriage. (n.d.) Retrieved August 12, 2015, from www.tbm.org/samesexmarriage.htm Weise, R. W. (2014). Marriage: the divine and blessed walk of life. Concordia Journal, 40(1), 46-57. Wilson, J. Q. (1996). Against homosexual marriage. Commentary, 101(3), 34.
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