The Criminalization Of Homosexuality

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Western countries have foregone the notion of ruling through religious ideals, meaning that they have become more secular and social. Religious ideals protect the rights of some, mostly straight men, and through the different interpretations of religious texts, people have created a justification for their actions. The rule of law, recently, has allowed the United States to decriminalize homosexuality, allowing people that have the preference of their own sex to marry and act as a straight couple would be able to. Whereas countries that have a traditional system, there is an interpretation that homosexuality is condemned by their god, meaning that homosexuality is a crime that is punishable not only by the gods, but also by the people who believe …show more content…
The rule of law mostly protects the vulnerable and people who have encountered and received discrimination by others. The rule of law allows the freedom to be anyone and anything you like, whereas a traditional system brings forth the mentality that if you are different and go against what is said in religious script, you can and will be punished by various means. One of the distinctive differences between criminal justice systems is the criminalization of certain behaviors, such as sexual harassment and marital crime. In countries that have the modern system, marital rape isn’t socially nor morally accepted and the criminal justice system had criminalized the behavior, thus acting as a deterrence to people who think about committing such actions, but at the same time, the criminalization of such behavior allows protection for the people who are at risk. People who have been marital raped or have been close to being marital raped, have the ability to notify an officer or a group under the criminal justice system and bring forth legal justice upon to the offender. In countries such as India or Saudi Arabia, marital rape isn’t considered a crime and is considered to be ok, lawfully, socially, and culturally.

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