Unconstitutional Ban on Same-Sex Marriage
Same-sex marriage has been a prominent issue in American politics since its foundation in 1776. Recently, North Carolina passed Amendment 1 to ban the right of same-sex marriage. The right to be married is a sacred passage that often makes a conflict for either the church or the state. Marriage is defined as the social institution under which a man and woman establish their decision to live as husband and wife by legal commitments and religious ceremonies. Why is so important in the first place that the church or state be involved in whether or not a person can get married? Back in the day Henry VIII had a problem with limits of the church and the power of the state. He decided to separate the two institutions for his own benefit. Currently, the state is involved with marriage because many changes occur when a person ties the knot. Changes to financial statements, last names, and family relationships mush be made for the state in the event of marriage. On the other hand, The church is involved because marriage is a sacred event that binds a man and woman to one another through love and faith. Faith is personal and means very different things for each individual. In my opinion, normal marriage and same-sex marriage should be treated the same.
Does the new amendment passed in North Carolina hold constitutional grounds or does it in fact hinder one’s rights as an American citizen? I believe that this new Amendment is very unfortunate and clearly unconstitutional simply because its wrong. According to Allen Snyder, “Most gay marriage supporters rightly argue such an amendment ought to be soundly defeated, since it curtails rather than expands individual rights, something the US Constitution has never before done.” Snyder successfully states why the change to the North Carolina state constitution is unjust. No amendment that inhibits the use of one’s freedoms should be passed.
The controversy and media attention that this event received should be taken into account. The true dream of equality among men needs to be reinstituted as the priority in this nation. Every human should be equal under the law, but this amendments sets same-sex couples apart from all other people because they are not allowed to join in holy matrimony. The ban on same-sex marriage is wrong, unfair, and unconstitutional. Its hard to believe people are willing to strip away the right of marriage from anyone who proves to be unique or different in their own way.