Compare And Contrast Roe Vs Wade

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Monroe Goade Mr. Cox UVU-POLS1100 CE 6 March 2023 Obergefell v. Hodges Compared to Roe v. Wade The Supreme Court Cases Obergefell v. Hodges and Roe v. Wade are two cases that have significantly impacted our country. Obergefell v. Hodges legalized same-sex marriage, where as Roe v. Wade legalized abortions. Both cases dealt with Civil Rights rather than Civil Liberties and were widely condemned by various groups due to personal beliefs. Each case illustrated The Supreme Court standing up for protected classes and honoring the American ideals of freedom and diversity. This essay compares and analyzes Obergefell v. Hodges and Roe v. Wade cases in terms of the 14th Amendment/Equal Protection Clause and the extension or limitation of civil rights. …show more content…

The Obergefell v. Hodges case extended the right to marry to same-sex couples, while the Roe v. Wade case extended the right to have an abortion if you so desire. Both of these cases recognized the rights of protected classes. Due to the extension of these rights same-sex couples were able to marry and women were given the right to choose whether or not to have an abortion. Both cases also explore the limitations of civil rights. Each case required the Supreme court to interpret the constitution in order to protect rights that aren’t explicitly stated. However, even though the court made a ruling, not all people agree with their decision. In regards to both cases, there are still many people that openly oppose their decision. There is continued discrimination against same sex couples and women who chose to have abortions. Despite the legalization of gay marriage and abortions, states still pass law that make in incredibly difficult to do either of those things. Both cases also illustrate the ongoing fight for civil rights in america. To quote “The Other America,” by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “We must see that the struggle today is much more difficult. It's more difficult today because we are struggling now for genuine equality.” While it is a different fight, it is the same story. While women have the right to vote, they are still harassed and discriminated against. The rights to their own bodies are still given and taken away by men. Similarly, while people are allowed to be openly gay without being immediately put in jail, they are still bullied and murdered for their sexual identity. Both of these cases illustrate the continued fight for “genuine equality.” In summary, while the cases aim to protect 2 different groups of people, they have similar outcomes and both are a part of ongoing

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