Persuasive Essay On Civil Rights

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he issue of equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people is currently one of the most important civil rights struggles and has been being discussed for decades. This group of people has faced discrimination in areas such as marriage rights, equality in the military, and acceptance in organizations and work environments. The constitution grants citizens equality and liberties, and that should be applied to everyone no matter their sexual preference. The American Civil Liberties Union, Human Rights Campaign, and other organizations across the country have been backing the issue, and amendments are being made to achieve basic rights and equality for the LGBT community. The Supreme Court has ruled that individual states have the right to regulate marriage. In recent years same sex marriage has been legalized in 17 states. Most recently, Texas has removed its ban on gay marriage, stating that the current prohibition serves no "legitimate governmental purpose." This ruling shows the progression of such an important social issue in one of the most conservative states in the nation. Ten years ago Texas legislature passed the Defense of Marriage Act, which prohibited the state from recognizing same-sex marriages. Regardless of the judges decision to strike down the ban, state rights advocates are speaking out in opposition. Texas governor Rick Perry stated, "Texans spoke loud and clear by overwhelmingly voting to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman ..., and it is not the role of the federal government to overturn the will of our citizens." The majority of the nation however does not share Perry's opinion on the matter as 55 percent of americans support gay marriage. It is clear that there is an evolvemen... ... middle of paper ... ...evident that societies opinions on freedom and equality for gay and lesbian individuals is moving in a positive direction. The modern issue of gay rights can be compared the women's rights movement and and the African American Civil Rights Movement in history, although unlike gender and race, sexual orientation discrimination was not protected under civil rights law.This is why organizations like the ACLU find it important to strive to achieve the same rights for LGBT people. Efforts to protect the rights of LGBT people include lifting bans on gay marriage, ending discrimination in NFL locker rooms, and allowing gay men and women to fight in the army. In the near future it is likely that the number of states allowing gay marriage will increase significantly. More athletes and young people will feel comfortable coming out as the nations acceptance continues to grow.
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