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When looking into such a controversial subject we need to understand both sides. Same sex marriage has become an increasingly debated topic in past few decades. People that are homosexual exercise the right to independent, happy, and without discrimination. On the other side of the argument, we have companies exercising their rights of the first amendments to not be in favor of issues they are against, and not conduct in such acts in giving service to someone when it goes against their religious belief. Many states today have given the right to same sex marriage and made it legal in all states. Is it right for them to refuse someone that right, force them into secrecy, and embarrass these people, which are just as human as everyone else, but have different beliefs?
In past years, we have seen that there have been many issues on same sex marriage. Companies are refusing to give services to people that conduct in relations with the same gender. In Colorado we see this act occur because of the person’s choice in relations. Masterpiece Cakeshop, out of Colorado refuses to sell a wedding cake for couple’s upcoming wedding reception. The owner of the company refused the couple because of his religious belief and stated because of that belief it was store policy not to sell to those who engage in same sex marriages. Religious freedom is important, free to be expressed, but this doesn’t give a company the right to break the law by discrimination on customers. In the state of Colorado it is illegal to refuse services that revolves around discrimination in race, sex, marital status, or sexual orientation. This law is applicable in all states now. “On June 26, 2015, the US Supreme Court ruled that the US Constitution guarantees the right for same-sex couples to marry in all 50 US states. Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy stated in the majority opinion, "The Court, in this decision, holds same-sex couples may exercise the fundamental right to marry in all States." (50 States with Legal Gay Marriage, 2015)
Understand, we are all humans, and experience the some emotion as each other, just in different ways. When interviewed after making a claim this is what the couple had expressed and lead to the lawsuit on Masterpiece Cakeshop, “Being denied service by Masterpiece Cakeshop was offensive and dehumanizing especially in the midst of arranging what should be a joyful family celebration,” said Mullins. “No one should fear being turned away from a public business because of who they are. We are grateful to have the support of our community and our state, and we hope that today’s decision will help ensure that no one else will experience this kind of discrimination again in Colorado.” (Colorado, 2012). Being human, one just wishes to achieve the goal of acceptance from people in society, though it has been hard for American’s to socially accept homosexuality, we must understand that we are in a fast changing society. Change happens every day and people need to adapt for the change. People that conduct in the manor of being with someone of the same sex shouldn’t be demoralized, bullied, looked down on, or discriminated against, instead one should allow those that do to be free of judgement, express their rights as citizens of the United States, and practice their beliefs.
Homophobia, stigma meaning one has negative and usually unfair beliefs on an individual, and discrimination, meaning one is unfairly treating a person or group of people in the orientation of being gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men. These issues still do exist in the United States and can negatively affect the health and well-being in their community. If we look at the attitudes by generations we see more acceptance from younger generations, “This is due in part to generational change. Younger generations express higher levels of support for same-sex marriage. However, older generations also have become more supportive of same-sex marriage in recent years.” (Changing Attitudes on Gay Marriage, 2015). The generation of millennials has been more acceptable to people’s belief because of the great of adaptation we have had to experience. People in this age bracket, as found in polls (70 percent are for same sex), believe that homosexuals shouldn’t be judge, and they should be treat as equal as anyone else in our society.
They believe someone’s business should be forced to find another company to do a service for them, and companies shouldn’t refuse employment to someone that is homosexual.
If other generations were able to accept like the millennial generation, it would make the problems that exist with homophobia no more. With all states finally having the law passed for gay marriage in all states, one will have to battle deep to come to agreement. As I have stated in previous text and you have read through citations, change is upon us as we speak. With change we must adapt to become better. If one cannot adapt to new policies and law, you will remain stubborn in your beliefs, and prosecuted for keeping the mindset from the past generation.
50 States with Legal Gay Marriage. (2015, July 1). Retrieved from ProCon.org: http://gaymarriage.procon.org/view.resource.php?resourceID=004857
Changing Attitudes on Gay Marriage. (2015, July 29). Retrieved from Pew Research Center: http://www.pewforum.org/2015/07/29/graphics-slideshow-changing-attitudes-on-gay-marriage/
Colorado, A. o. (2012). ACLU American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado. Retrieved from Court Rules Bakery Illegally Discriminated Against Gay Couple: http://aclu-co.org/court-rules-bakery-illegally-discriminated-against-gay-couple/