Same Sex Marriage In The United States

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Throughout the past few years the acceptance of same sex marriage has been experiencing vast amounts of growth. Individuals nowadays are more accepting of same sex couples being given the right to marriage than they ever have been before. On June 26 of 2015 the Supreme Court declared that states’ banning of same sex marriage was unconstitutional. In the case Obergefell V. Hodges, the 14th Amendment was challenged by fourteen same sex couples. The couples claimed that the 14th Amendment required all states to accept legitimacy of marriages performed in other states and by not doing so, their rights were being infringed upon. Justice Anthony Kennedy led the ruling stating why he and the majority vote believed that the Defense of Marriage act …show more content…
Before then, there were not many social reform and advocacy groups supporting the LGBT community, and oftentimes many LGBT individuals felt as if they were a disgrace or an outcast to American society. Many LGBT individuals migrated towards cities which they felt were much more comfortable environments to be in. They often found cities to be more accepting of them, rather than rural towns or even suburbs. The United States has gradually become more accepting of the LGBT community. The state of Texas has always been a very conservative and traditionalistic state in its policies and ideas. In fact, some conservative lawmakers anticipate the Supreme Court’s ruling to be overturned. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick immediately condemned the court’s ruling as soon as the bill was passed, along with Attorney General, Ken Paxton. Certain parties in Texas challenged the federal courts, hoping The 5th Circuit would play in their favor. According to the Texas Tribune, although conservatives “lost the fight against same-sex marriage, Republicans have proclaimed that the state’s next battlefront would be in defense of religious liberty.” Conservative views were struck down by The Supreme Court and Texas now has to address and accept the legitimacy of marriages of same sex couples from other states as well as allow same sex couples the right to get married within the state of …show more content…
Some people claim it is not right because if that were the case, God would have created a man and a man, or a woman and a woman. However, it is not just Christian individuals who are against same sex marriages, but it is also the churches. Churches such as the Roman Catholic Church, Church of Latter-Day Saints, the Southern Baptist Convention and many other Protestant churches refuse to recognize same sex marriage. Many churches are in fear of losing members and according to religionandpolitics.org, “The UMC, like most Christian denominations, is facing a large membership decline.” On the other hand, there has also been a flux in churches and religions that are becoming more welcoming of the LGBT movement and same sex marriages. The Unitarian Universalist Association is one of the few associations that promotes same sex marriage and advocates the change and reforms necessary to make it become a social norm. In addition, Pew Research Center came out with a data showing changing attitudes on same sex marriage. In a chart labeled from 2001 to 2016 there has been a significant increase on the amount of acceptance for same sex marriage. The Research Center claims, “In 2001, Americans opposed same-sex marriage by a margin of 57% to 35%. Since then, support for same-sex marriage has steadily grown. Based on polling in 2016, a majority of

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