The Rights Of Same Sex Marriage Essay

818 Words Aug 4th, 2016 4 Pages
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 went against the constitution. Kennedy wrote, “By seeking to displace this protection and treating those persons as living in marriages less respected than others, the federal statute is in violation of the Fifth Amendment. This opinion and its holding are confined to those lawful marriages.” Although the court ruled in favor of same sex marriage, there has been an uproar of controversy from individuals who are against it. The 1960s experienced a great time of social change and an increase of movement of the LGBT community. 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…

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