Discrimination Against Gay Marriage is the Voice of Ignorance

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Discrimination Against Gay Marriage is the Voice of Ignorance Marriage is one of the fundamental establishments of the United States. As a young person, one looks forward to many goals in their lifetime: career success, a good life, and very often marriage to the person they love and a family together. This is one of the biggest parts of our "American life" and culture. Very few heterosexuals would be willing to put their right to marry on a ballot for voter approval, or even in their wildest dreams [nightmares?] have to consider doing that. However, in the past ten years that is a prospect gay men and women are facing all over our United States. Why is American culture so unaccepting of homosexual marriages and what are the reprocutions of this for homosexual couples and for all of our citizens? Homosexuality, as a lifestyle has always been under great fire in our culture. Homosexuality has been defined and termed in many contexts. The West Chester University Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Services states that, Given the variable aspects of sexual orientation and given evidence that an individual's sexual orientation may change over time, it is difficult to provide a precise and universally accepted definition of homosexuality. In general terms, homosexuality may be described as the capacity to find affection and or sexual satisfaction with someone of the same gender. Focus founder and fundamental Christian leader, James Dobson, however, simply defines homosexuality as a sin and says homosexuals can be cured in God's name (Egelko, 3/2000 p2). As one can see from these two examples alone, the definition of this lifestyle isn't focused solely on what a homosexual is, but rather how individuals feel about t... ... middle of paper ... ...Case." Associated Press 11 Feb 2000: 2-3. Egelko, Bob. "Gay Marriage Ban Splits Community." Associated Press 3 Mar 2000: 2-3. France, Steve. "A Marriage Proposal." ABA Journal 86 (2000): 28-29. Gallagher, John. "The Other M Word." The Advocate 23 Jun 1998: 53. Nissing, Douglas F. "Standing on Ceremony." The Advocate 8 Dec 1998: 11. Swanson, Doug J. "Father's anger at gay son led to California ballot initiative against gay marriage." Dallas Morning News 4 Mar 2000, early ed.: P1+. Tanner, Robert. "California Passes Gay Marriage Ban." Associated Press 8 Mar 2000: 1-3. Tharp, Mike. "A 'NO' to Gay Marriage." U.S. News and World Report 28 Mar 2000: 39-40. Werner, Erica. "Opposition Vs. Proposition 22." Associated Press 5 Mar 2000: 1-2. Wolf, Naomi. "Scenes from a Gay Marriage." George Feb 1998: 48-50.

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