Topics: Marriage, Same-sex marriage, Homosexuality Pages: 4 (1595 words) Published: October 17, 2013

In today’s world people would like to think that, in America at least, all are equal and free to live happy and peaceful lives. After all part of the United States National Anthem states that America is the “land of the free and the home of the brave” (Star). So one could assume that this statement is true, however, there is a minority group in America that is far from equal. They are typically looked at with disgust and sometime outright hatred. One might ask; why is this group subjected to such hatred and intolerance? What did they do to deserve that kind of horrid treatment? The answer is that they are not heterosexuals, but instead are homosexuals. Many people today are against homosexuality and especially against a homosexual’s right to marry his or her partner. The topic of same sex-marriage is a controversial topic in America today, as is evident from several different religious organizations and media outlets. A great example of some of the hatred that the Lesbian, Gay, Bi, and Transgender community, referred to as the LGBT community, comes from the Westboro Baptist Church. Their hatred for the LGBT community is painfully obvious from their many anti-gay protests. One of their anti-gay slogans boldly states that “God will not have fag marriage” (Westboro) which shows an obvious distain for the LGBT community. So, the question exists should America allow the LGBT community to be able to marry their partners of the same sex? The answer should be a resounding yes based on the simple premise that equal rights should apply to al. “One does not compromise equal rights otherwise they are not equal rights” (Wakefield).

The First amendment to the United States Constitution contains an article called the Establishment Clause. The Establishment Clause “prohibits the government from making any law respecting an establishment of religion…[and] prohibits actions that unduly favor one religion [or non-religion] over another” (Establishment),what this...
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