While researching several websites geared towards current events and news such as www.cnn.com and http://www.myfoxdfw.comI came across several articles regarding President Obama’s view on same-sex marriage. He made it loud and clear to the public that he is 100% for same-sex marriage. In a speech that he gave he stated “I want everyone treated fairly in this country. We have never gone wrong when we’ve extended rights and responsibilities to everybody… That doesn’t weaken families, that strengthens families.” (CNN) After revealing his view toward same sex marriage President Obama’s future in the office is in question. His strong stance on the issue, as always, will either be the pivotal factor in getting him re-elected or will be detrimental to his platform and cause him to lose votes. The reason that this issue is such a potentially deciding factor is because the 2 candidates (Mitt Romney is known to be the future Republican nominee) are both on complete opposite ends of the issue. Mitt Romney has made it clear that he is against same-sex marriage. He stated “a marriage is defined as being between a man and woman” making his stance on the issue clear.
The recent approval to ban same-sex marriage in North Carolina is what has sparked so much debate lately over the topic. North Carolina has become the thirtieth state to ban this very controversial issue. President Obama’s decision to make his view so clearly forth put may have been a very bad decision politically. Only six states allow same sex marriage therefore making it a widely unaccepted issue.
There are many views on this subject. No matter what a person belives about same-sex marriage they will always meet opposition and be judged by someone for their views and opinions. In my opinion same-sex marriage must be handled very delicately. I believe that if two people want to be happy then they should have that opportunity. I also believe that religion is a very delicate factor. No matter what a person may believe, wrong or right, that person’s beliefs should be respected. Marriage, in all religious beliefs, is a sacred ceremony and in the christian perspective it is wrong for two people of the same sex to be wed.
Due to the fact that most weddings are performed in churches i believe that the beliefs of this religion should be respected. My stance is that a man and a man or a woman and a woman have just as much right to be happy as a man and a woman so I believe that a couple should have the right to be married as long as the ceremony is not performed in a religious place of worship or by a religious figure.
In class we have talked about the rights and responsibilities we have as Citizens of the United States of America. I would like to write about how the citizens of America are failing to uphold their civic responsibilities.
The United States of America is a country founded by the people and for the people. On July 4th 1776 our founding fathers risked their lives to found a country based on these two principles. In return for their sacrifice our great nation asks very simple things. To be a citizen of the greatest nation in the world one has very simple and very justified responsibilities. Support and defend the Constitution, serve the country when required, participate in the democratic process, respect and obey federal, state, and local laws, respect the rights, beliefs, and opinions of others, participate in your local community. All are responsibilities that one must uphold every day. All are responsibilities that can be done without the simplest effort. Unfortunately, all are responsibilities that an increasing number of citizens of the United States fail to uphold due to a growing number of people taking for granted the freedoms of this country.
I would first like to thank all of those service men and women who so honorably serve each and every one of us and keep us safe without asking anything in return. Though your work may seem to go unnoticed I can assure you, it does not. Unfortunately, The United States is not over supplied with those individuals so willing to serve. There are an increasing number of individuals who not only refuse to serve our country but actually protest any type of conflict our country gets involved in. Though we as citizens have the right to protest we also have the responsibility to serve our country when required. During the Vietnam War between the years 1965 and 1970 more than 170,000 registrants applied for conscientious objector status. (http://www.encyclopedia.com/topic/conscientious_objector.aspx) By the wars end there were actually more conscientious objectors than actual draftees. This is unfortunately the direction our country is still headed in the lack of service and support.
Unfortunately this is not the only thing the citizens of America are dodging. There has been a steady decline in voter participation since the 1900s. Currently voter participation ranges from 55% to about 65%. Around the 1860s voter participation was at 80%. One of the responsibilities of the citizens of the United States is to participate in the voting process. Earlier in the year we were asked what 17-18 year old can do to become engaged in American government. One of the best things that young adults of America can become engaged in the government is to become aware of the political process and to become aware of the importance of actually participating in any political process that affects them. They can vote for city council, for mayor, for police chief, for congressmen, and all the way up to voting for the President. The future of our countries voter participation lies in the hands of the youth. To become aware and engaged will make America a better place.
People keep taking for granted the freedoms the get when being a citizen of the United States but in order to be a citizen you must fulfill the responsibilities that come with that great privilege.