There are countless debates on whether same sex marriages should be legal or not. People look at this debate psychologically, sociologically, politically and religiously. However, I do believe and as the article that is written solidifies that the religious part of this debate is definitely the biggest factor on same sex marriages. It’s not just one religion that opposes homosexuality but there are numerous religions including Mormonism, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Islam, Judaism, etc.
In our lectures, we were taught how powerful religion was back in the day. A lot of families’ turned to religion for faith and hope for a better life. Homosexuality in a lot of religions is considered a sin. According to the article, “God’s plan is for man to marry a woman to create offspring (which same-sex couples cannot do), and be married for time and eternity,” Supporting sex marriage and being attracted to the same sex was merely impossible. Family members would send their homosexual children to places where they can convert them to being heterosexual. People lying about their sexual preference and live a life of unhappiness. The fear that because you are homosexual means that you will be going to hell because you are not following God’s plan.
Society is always changing, and I think it’s changing for the best. In today’s society there are numerous political and religious groups that are becoming more accepting on same sex love. In the article it states, “Episcopal, Unitarian and Methodist organizations and a group called Mormons for Equality argued for gay marriage.” Religious groups are starting to open their minds and being less judgemental. I believe that the issue of same sex love and marriages isn’t about the people but the conflict on whether God would be accepting of same sex marriages. In the bible it says “”Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” (NIV, Matthew 7:1-2). I believe that it is God’s plan to live life with an open heart and to be tolerant and patient.
Even though there are more voices being heard for gay rights, there is no doubt people will always be who are against it because of religious beliefs. The United States of America has been one of the countries that are actively on this topic. Out of the 50 states, there are only 18 states that have officially approved same sex marriages as effective and acceptable. However, with more active and religious people who are starting to realize that same sex marriage isn’t as different as a heterosexual couple. I think there will be a rise in the number of states for sure.