Oppression of Gay Marriage Supported by the Mormon Religion
Oppression in the United States is prevalent in all different facets of life, and victims come in all different genders, sizes, and colors. However, one kind of oppression that has become a headliner in modern politics is one’s sexual orientation and their right to marriage. In almost every election, a heated battle over legalizing same-sex marriage is waged at both state and federal level. As of right now marriage laws are defined state by state, however both those supporting and those opposing of gay marriage are trying to get federal recognition from the Supreme Court one way or another. Major players financially and vocally in the resistance have been religious leaders of from all different sectors. One heavy hitter is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints, or more commonly known as Mormons. The Church has been extremely vociferous in their views on this issue, and has spent millions of dollars insuring marriage stays between a man and a woman.
The first legal battle started in 1991 in Hawaii, Baehr v. Miike, when three same-sex couples filed for marriage; they met all the requirements except for their sex. After Hawaii’s Supreme Court ruled that denying them marriage was a violation of their equal rights protection under the state constitution, nationwide backlash ensued. When a couple is married in one state and they move other states are supposed to legally recognize that marriage, for that reason Hawaii’s declaration set forth a need for federal intervention. The first federal legal effort in prohibiting same-sex marriage came from the United States Congress in 1996 when they adopted the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). As defined on the DOMA watch website the act, “defines marriage as a legal union between one man and one woman for purposes of all federal laws, and provides that states need not recognize a marriage from another state if it is between persons of...
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