Essay on Gay Rights And The Rights

1448 Words Mar 15th, 2016 6 Pages
The United States of America has been rocked to its core by the gay rights movement in the past decade especially. Many aspects of gay rights have come into conflict with long-existing aspects of America’s oldest laws. One such case is the conflict arising when individuals running private businesses refuse service to same-sex marriage couples, domestic partnership gays, or civil union gays based on the owners’ personal beliefs. These individuals seek shelter under the rights granted to them by the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States, the highest law in the land. But as of late, the American courts have declared that the rights given to gays trump the rights given under the First Amendment. With all this hoopla, one may wonder which set of rights has more authority in this country. The answer is this: on the legal totem pole, the rights granted under the First Amendment outrank the rights granted to same-sex marriage couples by the Supreme Court. The First Amendment, one of the ten amendments that constitutes the Bill of Rights, reads: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances” (Delegates of the Constitutional Convention 25).
This may seem like a simple statement, but it is in fact creating much emotion-filled debate to…

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