John Stuart Mill's on Liberty and Same-Sex Marriage Legalization

John Stuart Mill's on Liberty and Same-Sex Marriage Legalization

John Stuart Mill’s On Liberty and Same-Sex Marriage Legalization
There has been a significant amount of controversy in the past few years leading up to the current regarding the issue of legalizing same-sex marriage in the United States. In the recent election, many states have voted in favor of the legalization of same-sex marriage. However, there has been little movement towards legalization on the federal level. Earlier this year, President Obama made the statement supporting the idea that same-sex marriage should be legal. Thus, making a statement on one of the most vexed, and politically charged social issues being faced in the United States presently. Obama made this statement knowing that in a few months he would be announcing his campaign for reelection, and thus received fierce opposition from many groups as well as his Republican opponent in his race for reelection.    
My personal stance on this issue is that without a doubt, same-sex marriage should be legalized. In the process of legalization, it would give every American citizen regardless of sexual orientation the ability to marry and their union to be recognized on the federal level. Many individuals might argue that this would degrade the sanctity of marriage, but with the percentage of marriages ending in divorce or otherwise that argument can hardly be supported. Another opposition that is brought up repeatedly is that the Bible and other religious scriptures do not speak in support of same-sex marriage and thus deeming it immoral. In response to this argument, I would reference Thomas Jefferson and his statement, “ wall of separation between church and state.” In accordance with the rights set by the Amendments of the Constitution, it allows individuals to practice religion freely without fear of persecution, and does not allow the government to enforce any laws regarding religious practices. Therefore, I do not believe that legislature regarding same-sex marriage should be influenced by...

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