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The Time Has Come

April 9th, 2012 was a day for history books.  That was the day when our American president finally chose that upholding the constitution should be raised against all personal biases people my hold.  At 3:30 PM, Obama stated in a press conference that he supports gay marriage, a statement that has the ability to change the course of society.  Obama told ABC News today that he backs gay marriage and believes that anyone who is willing to fight in the army should be allowed to marry who they love.

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For a long time now, gay marriage has been condemned by many groups, making them a minority that is hated by people from rednecks to religious Christians.  This hatred, however, can slowly evolve to become a power in court ruling. In 1986, the Boy Scouts of America created a huge controversy over gay rights.  This battle has continued and as of last year, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of allowing the Boy Scouts to continue discrimination against gay men. 

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The woman above was recently asked to leave as a Boy Scout troop leader due to her being gay.  This controversy is absurd and unconstitutional.  During a previous ruling by the Supreme Court during the Loving v. Virginia case, it was stated by the court:

“Marriage is one of the “basic civil rights of man,” fundamental to our very existence and survival…. To deny this fundamental freedom on so unsupportable a basis as the racial classifications embodied in these statutes, classifications so directly subversive of the principle of equality at the heart of the Fourteenth Amendment, is surely to deprive all the State’s citizens of liberty without due process of law. The Fourteenth Amendment requires that the freedom of choice to marry not be restricted by invidious racial discrimination. Under our Constitution, the freedom to marry, or not marry, a person of another race resides with the individual and cannot be infringed by the State.

While this may have been specific to racism in this case, the truth is that the fourteenth amendment protects all men as equal, no matter their gender, race, religion, age, or sexual orientation.  Obama’s new ruling will undoubtedly become a major factor in future court cases involving the rights of gay men and women.  This is why Obama’s words will make a difference.

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