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Gay Marriage: Why Is There A Debate?

October 16, 2013 by admin

A Column
By Julie Schwartz

     As of Sept. 27, the state of New Jersey became the 14th state in the union to legalize gay marriage. Success! As of Sept. 30, Governor Chris Christie pushed courts to appeal the ruling.Well, you tried.
     No matter what your personal beliefs are on whether or not someone’s love is a sin or a choice or what have you, one cannot believe that America can be a free country while fighting against people’s right to marry. Sorry, not sorry.
     Two of the most core beliefs that the United States stands on are the ideas that there should be a separation between church and state along with the idea that one is free to pursue their own happiness.
     Now, of course, America, as a whole is a very Christian society, but by letting the argument of “being gay is a sin” manifest itself into a legitimate argument for legislative purposes is inherently ridiculous and hypocritical. If you let morality be the gauge for law, then is it not justified for the Hindu community to fight against the global meat industry; afterall, consuming animals is a sin to them?
     Then of course there’s the idea that you should be able to choose your own happiness as well. Love is love, that’s the end all story. There are countless songs, movies, and books written on the premise that love is the greatest feeling on earth and it is wild and free. To hinder it is simply unjustified.
     Not even that, but preventing two people from marrying one another consensually has already been done before and has failed. It wasn’t all too long ago that people of different races weren’t allowed to marry one another. It was considered a “slap in the face to god.” Skip ahead to modern-day America, and the very idea of this segregation is appalling.
     So with one argument established, another point rebutted, and countless other talking points not even touched upon, I think it’s safe to say that the argument for equality is a strong one. So what side of history will New Jersey stand on?

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