This means that many of the same people who are even passionately in favor of homosexual rights oppose homosexuals on this one issue. This is because there is a lot of misunderstanding about what homosexuality really is, as well as the erroneous assumption that homosexual people enjoy the same civil rights protections as everyone else. For the reasons of ending social injustice, the economic and social benefits of allowing homosexuals to marry, and the constitution, homosexual marriages should be a legalized institution. Homosexuals are often treated unjustly socially. Homosexual people and couples are treated as inferior to that of heterosexuals.
In this age of liberation and relative morality it is no surprise that homosexuals have tried very hard to gain ground in the way of civil rights. Homosexuals say they want equal rights, and they want homosexual-marriages to be legalized. However, what they are asking for is not reasonable. They are humans; and therefore they already have the same rights as every other human living in America. What homosexuals want are special privileges and the acceptance of homosexuality as a natural alternative lifestyle, second, marriage is already clearly defined, and third because homosexuals already have the same rights, they want special privileges, and since homosexuality is not an innate quality they don’t deserve them.
(Halsall) Today someone s can be sued for racial inequality but, a gay man or women can ... ... middle of paper ... ... as follows. "We recognize the great social injustice of the treatment of homosexual receive in this country and will continue to push for equal rights and reconciliation. "(Halsall) Ironically enough, the government uses this line of thinking to justify it's actions. Politicians claim the reason is to protect the morality and sanctity of marriage—what is so immoral about love? Real sanctity of marriage lies in the love between two individuals.
From this movement stemmed groups like then, The National Association for the Advantest of Colored People (NAACP), the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), and the Student Non-Violent Coordinating committee (SNCC). Racism was something this movement wanted to erase, not only that but equality for everyone. The battle to end injustice was a long and hard and did not end without struggle. The same could be said about the Gay Rights Movement. This movement was started because there wasn’t equality between homosexuals and heterosexuals, and they were being mistreated in various ways.
Some major effects of homophobia are discrimination at work, the emotional impact it has on homosexuals, and the lack of family recognition. Discrimination against ones sexual orientation not only happens on the streets, it happens in the workplace as well. The United States legislation is supposed to protect all U.S. employees from all forms of discrimination, whether it’s racial, religious, or sexual discrimination. This is stated in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Dawson). With this being said why is it that this title does not seem to apply to the homosexual community?
If you publicly announce that you are gay, you suffer ridicule and are mocked by the ignorant of society; but if you keep your homosexuality a secret, you are condemned to personal turmoil. Kushner's work attempts to make America take a close look at itself and hopefully change its ways. The fear of public scrutiny forces many gay men into a life of denial and secrecy. Kushner describes a society, not unlike our own society today, that looks down upon gay men and other minorities. By setting the play in the mid 80's, a time when gay-bashing was at its zenith, he is able to capture the prejudice towards homosexuals and all that surrounds it.
Homosexuality in America One of the most controversial topics in modern American society is the legalization of homosexual marriage. The gay community is currently experiencing emotional and physical violence against them based on a difference in cultural choices, similar to what the black community suffered through during the civil rights movement and what women underwent during the women’s suffrage era. Laws against gay marriage are unconstitutional, as most were created because of Christian politicians’ opinions on homosexuality; however, America is not a Christian nation, and homosexuals should not be banned from marriage based on the beliefs of certain religions. As a country founded on freedom of cultural expression, America should legalize gay marriage. Homosexuality has several standard arguments against it, and all can be shown to be unjustifiable or invalid.
Throughout the course of this essay, the topic of homophobia will be addressed, but more importantly, how it affects those it puts down, as well as a recent example of homophobia and another example of the continuing efforts to promote gay and lesbian rights. "Homophobia - the irrational fear or hatred of those who love and sexually desire those of the same sexâ€¦. "1 is how Suzanne Pharr described the topic at hand, also citing it as "â€¦ a word that calls up images of loss of freedom, verbal and physical violence, death".1 This very problem is all too relevant in today society. Homophobia plays a major role in causing those living a homosexual life to either their years in fear or in danger. As it stands now, ten to tw... ... middle of paper ... ...erstands"1; it so important that homosexual rights be brought to the forefront of human rights issues in that the people being disregarded as irregular aren't even doing anything different than anyone else.
Eliminating the ban on same-sex marriage has been a major goal of the movement (Haider-Markel). Activists of the movement argue that preventing two persons from marrying is discriminatory act and it violates human rights (Nwazot... ... middle of paper ... ...losing benefits that are enjoyed by all other heterosexual couples for the sole reason that they are homosexual. Since the gay rights movement believes this treatment is unfair (as do many other people) they have taken to the courts to give homosexuals the rights that everyone else enjoys. ----------- Works Cited Beyond Marriage. 2008.
Human right activists say that "this amendment is simply too extreme. It would single out a group of Americans for discrimination, something that the vast majority of Americans are against." (HRC.com). Many states now provide civil unions as an alternative to marriage for homosexuals. While many people are satisfied with these laws because they are protecting the traditional idea of marriage, other people, both homosexuals and heterosexuals are saying that these laws are not only unjust, but unconstitutional.