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Civil Rights and Gay Marriage

            "It was Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve!".one of the most commonly used phrases to reject and use against the legalization of gay marriage. In America, all men are supposedly created equal yet, they still restrict gay couples the right to marry because it's "immoral" or for whatever reason, even though there are equal and civil rights that are violated due to the ban. However, legalizing gay marriage would ensure that neither civil nor equal rights will be violated. .
             Within the first section of the 14th amendment, it states "No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States" Marriage being a privilege in itself applies to this. Marriage being a privilege in itself would mean that banning gay marriage would violate the 14th amendment. Following the first line, of the first section of the 14th amendment, it states, "; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law" Liberty meaning freedom from society's oppressive restrictions imposed by authority on one's way of life, behavior, or political views. Banning gay marriage would mean stripping gay couples of their liberty, which is something the United States stands upon and feels strongly about. Lastly, in the first section of the 14th amendment, it states, "; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws." In regards to the, "equal protection of the laws." Part of section 1, allowing only one sexuality to actually be allowed to be married would be ignoring the civil and equal rights the 14th amendment provides. Not only is the 14th amendment being violated, but even the Declaration of Independence is violated as well. .

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