Amendment or States Rights?


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The beliefs that President Obama has towards same-sex marriage is that the Constitution should allow it in all 50 states. However, Obama also agrees with the Supreme Court that the decision should be incremental, or left up to the states. The President opposed a federal same-sex marriage amendment and in 2012 he decided it should be up to the states to decide.  He urged states to embrace the concept of same sex unions for equal rights.  In an interview with The New Yorker’s Jeffrey Toobin, President Obama states that same-sex marriage should be a right of all citizens no matter where they live. The Supreme Court depleted the Defense of Marriage Act last year, and in another ruling allowed same sex marriage in California.

As far as same-sex marriage goes I am all for it. If you love somebody and want to marry them, no person or law should stop you from that. I  believe Obama first said that he was against same-sex marriage to win the election in 2012 because it is such a controversial topic. For our President to come out now and say that he supports marriage equality really is making history. Although I think that same-sex marriage should become an Amendment, I agree that it should be up to states, but then that bars some people from marrying within their state.

If I were a Supreme Court justice, I would ultimately want to make the decision to declare same-sex marriage constitutional. On the other hand I would feel very conflicted because that is something that should be left up to the states. We’re supposed to be the land of the free, the land of opportunity and equality, we should give people the opportunity to marry who they please, man or woman. I think that this is a hard decision for any political figure to make because you are conflicted with your own beliefs, your morals, and then the opinions of others which matter too.