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Religion's role in gay rights

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Started: 6/4/2013 Category: Religion
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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tblankenship2006

Con

I believe that religion has no place for deciding whether gay marriage should be legal or not. Argument begins after accepting.
jauggernaut

Pro

I accept. I hope for a good debate as this is my first one:)
Debate Round No. 1
tblankenship2006

Con

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jauggernaut

Pro

I believe that it is up to a person's religion to decide whether or not gay marriage is viewed as permissible, regardless of what a government says. Religion is the ultimate decider for whether or not gay rights are viewed as permissible. My argument will consist of four statements:
(I) Gay rights is a religious issue.
(II) The United States Government cannot impede on religions.
(III) Synthesis of statements (I) and (II).
(IV) Conclusion.

[I] Very simply, the acceptance of gay rights differs from religion to religion. Many religions (more than can be mentioned here) have different stances on homosexuality and some religions have changed to accommodate the homosexual community (ex. the Metropolitan Community Church). If you follow a certain religious denomination, it is part of your religious duties to comply with the view of that denomination, including the denomination's view on homosexuality.

[II] At the time of the inclusion of the First Amendment, the United States Congress chose to forbid the United States from infringing on, or supporting any religion. The United States government cannot make laws regarding religions as stated in the First Amendment: "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." This is because the United States, even at a time close to the Puritan movement to North America, had many religions with many different aspects and opinions. These new Americans escaped religious persecution; to set up a government that has opinions and laws about religion seems very hypocritical.

[III] If the viewpoint of gay rights is different from each religion, the opinion regarding gay rights according to that religion should be protected from governmental interference because that opinion is part of the religion.

[IV] The government gains nothing by accepting or condemning gay rights. The United States government should stay out of the current gay rights debate and allow each religion and its respective participants to decide for themselves whether or not to allow gay rights, making religion the ultimate decision-maker on the topic of gay rights.

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Debate Round No. 2
tblankenship2006

Con

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jauggernaut

Pro

Hi internet presences.

Normally I would refute my opponent's theses here, but he has none. I'm not holding it against him, as long as you vote for me 0=)

Sincerely Yours,
jauggernaut
Debate Round No. 3
tblankenship2006

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