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Caleb Banner February 21, 2014 5th Period Current Issues: Gay Rights In the article, “Same Sex Marriage Moving Back Swiftly Towards Supreme Court” it discusses how all over the country federal courts are declaring state bans on gay marriage illegal. It states that lawmakers have been making decisions based on religious traditions that aren’t legally sound. Based on what I learned from this article, I feel that same sex marriage should be legalized. We live in a country that believes all citizens have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Gay couples are legal citizens of this country and should have the same legal rights. If marriage makes somebody happy they should have the right to do so; whether it is a woman and a man, or a same sex couple. Same sex marriage is usually banned based on a state vote, and the majority of people have religious beliefs that are against gay marriage. This influences their vote. But, this is not how our government is supposed to work. We believe in a separation of church and state. So the government needs to protect the rights of everyone, even if they have different religious beliefs or no religious beliefs at all. Same sex couples should have the same legal benefits that married couples have. They should enjoy the same tax breaks, have rights of inheritance, rights to make medical decisions for each other, and have rights to adopt and raise children. We are supposed to be living in a free country that protects the rights of all of its citizens. It is unfair that a certain group of people currently are discriminated against based on their sexual preference. Same-sex marriage moving swiftly back toward Supreme Court http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-same-sex-marriage-20140217,0,2743297.story#ixzz2u215bMJo By David G. Savage February 16, 2014, 10:15 p.m. WASHINGTON — The legal

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