"The freedom to marry is a basic human right that belongs to each individual--not the state. The government should not be in the position of arranging our marriages,"(Matt Coles).
Gay marriages are presently illegal in the United States. This prohibition is a blatant form of discrimination, carried forth through our legal system. No government should be able to prohibit anyone from legally declaring his or her love. Discrimination against a particular group of people because of race, color or religion is prohibited by our nation's constitution. However, homosexuals are denied basic human rights, not because of race, religion, or color, but because of sexual orientation. Our nation declares "equality, liberty, and justice for
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Today, gays are the minority in our nation, and it is time for us to stop discrimination and injustice against this particular group of people. In order to justify the discrimination against homosexuals, many argue that homosexuality is contradictory to the teachings of the Bible, and other religious scriptures. Therefore, many people feel that homosexual couples should not be granted the same rights as heterosexual couples. When speaking specifically the right of civil marriage, the religious argument states that marriage is a strictly heterosexual establishment: "...the Roman Catholic Church defines a Catholic marriage as a sacramental union entered into permanently between one baptized man and one baptized woman." Our government's religious foundation reinforces this belief, through the laws that we have today against same-sex marriage. Although the United State's ideal government is one that upholds the "separation of church and state," religion is present in America's pledge of allegiance "...one nation, under God," and in its currency "In God we trust." Our government has been based on the church from the very beginning. It is for that reason that some members of American society believe that the government's outlaw of gay marriage is justified. By using religion to justify homophobia, people argue that homosexual couples should not even be granted basic human rights, such as the right to