Homosexuality and Politics
Seperation of Religion and State!
First amendment of the constitution reads as follows.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances."
With that said, congress is not aloud to make laws based on peoples religious beliefs. Do you think same sex marriage is wrong because of your religion? While you are certainly free to worship any religion you would like, these kinds of beliefs can be unconstitutional! Now does that justify making it legal for them to marry?
A few mistakes I think the government has made in regards to this. Marriage, as I have come to understand it in the legal system of the USA, is based upon the Christian/Catholic belief system and therefor is legally defined as the joining between a man and a woman.
However in looking at the original constitution for the USA, and correct me if I'm wrong, I'm not seeing anything that actually says anything about marriage.
Many Christians wish to protect the sanctity of marriage by not allowing same sex marriages to be legal and that is perfectly acceptable for them to express their concerns about their religious beliefs. Constitution even says that the government isn't aloud to make laws that infringe upon someones freedom to exercise their religion. But herein lies the problem.
If same sex marriage needs to be illegal to protect the sanctity of marriage, and marriage is a legal institution of the United States of America, then this would mean that the marriage being protected is based on Christian beliefs and since it is a legal institution based on religious beliefs, it violates the Constitution.
So, if we assume that the institution of marriage is of it's own legal power separate from the church and is a constitutionally sound institution, then there is no need for same sex marriage to be illegal to protect the sanctity of marriage.
Basically what it comes down to is denying same sex marriage will in some way, shape, or form violate the constitution.
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