Law and Morals Essay

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Law is defined as a system of rules which a particular country or community recognises as regulating the actions of its members and which it may enforce by the imposition of penalties. Law is made by Parliament or the courts and can be made overnight, these legal rules must be obeyed. Morality is ‘principles concerning the distinction between right and wrong’ and often a particular system of values and principle of conduct. Unlike legal rules, moral rules develop slowly over a period of time and they don't have to be obeyed but it's expected that they ought to be. Breaking legal rules results in official sanctions such as imprisonment, however when moral rules have been broken this could result in a person being shunned from their family or community. Many distinctions between legal and moral rules emerge through their characteristics. The content of legal rules can be resolved through reference to a prior precedent or Act of Parliament already in place. This cannot be done with moral rules, moral rules cannot be argued in the same way a legal rule can. Secondly, legal rules can be changed instantly, whereas moral rules evolve gradually.The legal rules regarding homosexual acts between consenting adults were instantly changed when the Sexual Offences Act 1967 was passed. The law continuously has made changes to homosexual acts and most recently in March 2014 when the Marriage Act was passed allowing homosexual couples to marry the same as heterosexual couples. Societies acceptance of homosexuality still continues to undergo gradual change despite the laws ongoing changes. Due to the pluralistic nature of society, the moral codes of the various groups making up British society varies. However, all members of society are obliged to comply with legal rules. Legal rules are enforced by state sanctions and procedures. Moral rules are enforced through social and

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