Rights: on same-sex marriage and religious institutions



On June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled, in a 5-4 decision, that same-sex couples have the constitutional right to marry. Undoubtedly, the LGBTQ community received a momentous victory in the fight for civil rights.

As a member of the LGBTQ community and, above all, a patriotic American, the love I have always possessed for my country has been fed with a surge of reinforcement with the ruling on Obergefell v. Hodges.  LGBTQ Americans are no longer regarded as second-class Americans in the eyes of the American government; with this ruling, we are now equally and legally recognized by our government.

With the ruling, a new question has been presented by various news organizations: as it is now federal law, should religious institutions be required to perform same-sex marriages or risk losing their tax-exemption statuses?

As a member of the LGBTQ community, which has endured a…

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