Same Sex Marriage Should Be Legal Essay

1900 Words Nov 13th, 2015 null Page
On June 26, 2015 the United States Justices decided on a pivotal case in American history. In a close 5-4 vote the Justices deemed that same-sex marriage was constitutional via the 14th amendment. The Obergefell et al. v. Hodges case was the finality of a slow evolving progression for same-sex marriage (Obergefell v. Hodges). This landmark decision allowed same-sex marriage to be legal in the United States. After this decision same-sex couples rushed to their nearest marriage clerk to solidify their relationship in marriage. Same-sex marriage licenses were being distributed at a rapid rate all throughout America, except in Rowan County, Kentucky. Standing on her 1st amendment civil liberty to have freedom to practice and exercise her religion, Kim Davis refused to sign same-sex marriage licenses. This action goes against a supreme court ruling and the constitution, but also has a legitimate stand in her civil liberty of freedom of religion. The Obergefell et al. v. Hodges decision sparked a flame and Davis kindled in her Supreme Court case: Miller v. Davis. Civil rights and civil liberties are hard to interpret at times. Civil rights are used to protect the people of the United States, while civil liberties are used by the people to protect themselves from the government. The Framer’s of the United States saw this as a necessary way to balance the power of the government and the freedom of the people. With this being said, the Framer’s also made these rights and liberties…

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