Homosexuality And The Issues Of Homosexuality

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From the beginning of time, homosexuality has been, and continues to be an extremely sensitive and controversial topic among the masses. Individuals constantly find themselves lost in seas of chatter, participating in riveting debates regarding whether or not homosexuality is born or made. Every human being has their own set of values and beliefs, but both society and the church 's perspective of the issue have changed dramatically over the years.

Although the prospect of same sex attraction has always existed, it was not until the mid-nineteenth century that individuals were shamed and ridiculed for being 'mentally ill '. Homosexuality first arose as a political issue in the 1950 's, when the particular sexual orientation was considered
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Another challenge that homosexuals faced was the constant ridicule and torment provided to them by society. During the time, the act of romantic feelings towards a member of the same sex was considered unclean or corrupt by the public, and like any disease, psychiatrists believed that it could be cured. However, their lack of experience and knowledge on the subject begged to differ. Scientists soon developed theories of a hormonal and genetic origin, which assisted in the future realization that homosexuality was not a mental illness, but a lifestyle. In 1973, the American Psychiatric Association voted to remove homosexuality from the list of mental disorders, and patients were no longer treated as if it were a disease. However, the discrimination did not stop, and if anything, it became increasingly worse. Individuals who did not support homosexuality continued to be repulsed by homosexual actions and were not pleased by the idea of homosexuals being treated as their equals. A number of U.S. states repealed sexually restrictive laws during this decade -- laws that had criminalized same-sex behavior as misdemeanors or felonies. These laws…show more content…
Man shall not lie with man, and the actions are only sinful when acted upon. Thus, homosexuals are called to chastity, and to repent for any physical iniquity, or deliberate fantasies. A specific reading from the Bible states, "You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination. . . . If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall be put to death, their blood is upon them" (Lev. 18:22, 20:13). Religious individuals also believe that certain behaviours are wrong because they are seemingly unnatural and contrary to the natural law - the natural sex partner for a man is a woman and vice versa. However, the Vatican believes that all homosexuals should continue to be treated equally, with compassion, respect, and sensitivity because they are still a living breathing human being created in the image of God. They also state that unjust discrimination should be avoided, as well as violence towards the issue. On September 30th, 2013, Pope Francis explicitly stated, "When I meet a gay person, I have to distinguish between their being gay and being part of a lobby. If they accept the Lord and have goodwill, who am I to judge them? They shouldn’t be marginalized. The tendency [to homosexuality] is not the problem…they’re our brothers." He later suggested that
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