The Rights Of Same Sex Marriage Essay

918 Words Oct 29th, 2015 4 Pages
How would you feel if you were denied the right to marry the one you love because of the religious beliefs of another? Kim Davis, the county clerk of Rowan County, Kentucky, was arrested after refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Against a Supreme Court decision, she continued to withhold issuing the marriage licenses, leading to her arrest for contempt of court. The Supreme Court decision took place in June, ruling that same-sex couples can marry nationwide and that states cannot ban same-sex marriage. Her refusal was strongly fueled by her Christian beliefs that oppose the right to same-sex marriage, even though some major political figures including the current Bishop of Rome, Pope Francis, who recently visited Davis privately, voice a different opinion on same-sex couples, previously stating “Who am I to judge?”, (Boorstein) when asked about gay priests. An individual’s religious beliefs should not outweigh the unalienable right to marry given under the Amendments of the United States Constitution. The First Amendment of the Constitution gives the unalienable right to follow a religious belief or opinion, unless the religious practice interferes with state and local laws or with social duties. The Amendment clearly states that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof” (US Constitution), expressing the right to the free exercise of religion, as well as the freedom of speech,…

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