The On Gay Marriage : Is The Legality Of The Morality? Essay

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Gay Marriage: Is the legality related to the morality? In the summer of 2015, The United States Supreme Court, in Obergefell v. Hodges, granted marriage equality to same-sex couples across all 50 states. The case held a 5-4 decision that there is a fundamental right to marriage, no matter the sex of the couple. Prior to the court’s decision, states such as Michigan, Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee, defined marriage as a union between one man and one woman. The Obergefell v Hodges decision allowed the marriage to be a union between two people regardless of their sexuality. Which seems to be the most fair decision in allowing people who are in love equal rights. But, then arises the question, “what about incest, polygamy, and bestiality? ... why shouldn’t we accept those as well?” (Shafer-Landau, The Ethical Life, p. 221). People who opposed interracial marriage used the same slippery slope argument in the 1960’s, “just because there are no good reasons to oppose interracial or homosexual relationships, it does not follow that there are no good reasons to oppose incestuous, polygamous, or bestial relationships.” (Shafer-Landau, The Ethical Life, p.221). But what do the four Supreme Court justices that voted against same-sex marriage say? It is evident that they all agreed that same-sex marriage is immoral, applying the liberty limiting principle of legal moralism, which states that the freedom of a person may be justifiably restricted if the person acts immorally. This…

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