June 13, 2013
Think of a feature or a characteristic that more than one person has, imagine that those individuals with those features and characteristic are not given the same laws and rights as everyone else because there different there kind is denied certain constitutional rights and benefits that the rest of the population gets and often takes for granted. The definition of equality is the state of being equal, which is simple but people still seem to misinterpret what it means. Things like the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8 take away peoples constitutional rights. Same-sex marriage is more about equality and having the same rights as opposite-sex marriages.
Many people who disapprove same-sex marriage are disapproving the idea not the constitutional fortitude. People are ignorant of what the big fuss is about and only see what the media covers, which is relationship based information. Although many may not approve of same-sex relationships everyone should approve equal constitutional rights for all. The 14th Amendment states “All persons born or naturalized in the United States shall not be denied life, liberty, or property, nor deny any person equal protection of the laws.”
The 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, which is a federal law believes that restricting same-sex marriages is not unconstitutional. The Defense of Marriage Act was signed into law by President Bill Clinton on the 21st of September in 1996, and it clearly defines what a constitutional marriage consist of, according to the Defense of Marriage Act the word “marriage” means only a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife. The act also reads that no State, territory, or possession of the United States or Indian tribe is required to certify a same-sex marriage. Because the act is a federal law same-sex marriages are not recognition for federal purposes to include...
References: (Cornell University Law School, 2013)
(Defense of Marriage Act, 1996)
(Voter Guide California Government, 2008)
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