Yet, that is nothing to the percent of people 60+; only 16% of these people believe same-sex marriage should be legal. Another viewpoint people have about same-sex marriages is that same-sex couples should be involved in civil unions, not marriages. Less than 30% of people 18-29 believe same-sex couples should be allowed to enter a civil union; while over 30% of people older than the age of 30 believe they should be allowed to enter civil unions. Now the total opposition to same sex marriage is a close race. 30% of 18-29 year olds and 37-39% of people 30 and older believe gay marriage should not be recognize under law.
In 1973 homosexuality was officially listed as a mental disorder. Two-thirds of American's thought gay and lesbian couples should not have the same rights of heterosexual couples in 1999. May 2004 forty-nine percent of voters agreed same-gender couples that are in the civil union should have same the same rights as heterosexuals, and forty-eight percent opposed. The issue of gay marriage has been stirring controversy among the nation for some years. Previously considered a forbidden subject and only discussed within the gay community, the issue of gay marriage has made it to the forefront of relevance.
“I have always supported a definition of marriage as being between one man and one woman. To me, this debate is about stable families and good environments for raising children and religious belief.” - Chuck Grassley, MA Senator What the senator is trying to get across is that he believes that the reason gay marriage isn’t legalized is because it puts families in danger and that they would be crushed by gay marriage. That is not true it does no harm to traditional marriages, or children being brought up in homes with same sex parents. Firstly, what is the institution of marriage? The definition by book is a marriage as a social and religious convention.
The speech somewhat explains how many gay people are stereotyped. The gay rights movement is manifested in “The Hope Speech” by Harvey Milk. The theme of Harvey Milk’s speech was for gay people to regain the same rights as straight people, explain how gay people are like straight people, and to help better explain who Harvey Milk is. Harvey Milk was one of the first openly gay people to run for local government and be elected mayor. Gay people are judged with a lot of stereotypes and often get bullied.
Statistics show that 57.6 million people are either indirectly or directly affected by homophobia. Only 6.4 million of these people, or 11 percent, are actually the gay individuals. This means that 89 percent of the people affected by discrimination against gays are straight (Alvear). The United States needs to make gay marriage legal because being happy is an American right, same-sex marriage is unpreventable, citizens need to be accepted for who they are, and societal pressure forces gay individuals to marry a straight spouse which destroys marriages. In the Declaration of Independence, the “unalienable rights” are stated.
Challenges Facing AIDS Activism in America Even before HIV/AIDS first showed up in the United States in 1980-1981, homosexuals were greatly stigmatized within American society. The homophobia that already existed was only exacerbated by the fact that the overwhelming majority of those diagnosed with HIV/AIDS during the first few years of the epidemic were homosexual males (so much so in fact that AIDS was originally called the "Gay-Related Immuno Deficiency"). The US male homosexual population found itself confronted with a national epidemic that was receiving zero national attention. The political activism of the gay male population in the 1980s and early 1990s made significant progress towards educating American society about limiting the risk of disease transmission through safe-sex practices and clean-needle exchanges, combating discrimination of people with AIDS (PWAs) and homosexuals, and ensuring that adequate health care was provided for PWAs. But now it seems that the fight against AIDS is right back where it began.
But this is not the case for the 3.4% of Americans who do not have the right to be married (Jost 783). In 1990, the government enacted a hate crime policy against discrimination against gays or people who have AIDS/HIV. This is a step toward free marriage rights, but not enough. To this day, gays still face discrimination, harassment, and violence in some churches and businesses. Gay couples still believe themselves as normal people, buying houses together, adopting children, and raising a family.
Homosexuality dates back to times when even before the bible was being written. Some examples of homosexuality references in the bible are in 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13, and Romans 1:26-27. The bible, however, does not state anything about 2 women being together. The reason for this is because at the time, men usually married more than one woman (this is still happening, as it is a cultural normal for some cultures). In many cultures it is unacceptable to be gay.
Same-sex couples also don’t have the right to protections like a heterosexual couple would if their relationship were to end. These rights include child custody, child or spousal support, and equal divisions of property (“Pro & Con Arguments: ‘Should Gay Marriage Be Legal?’ “). Even the White House website lists same-sex marriage amongst a selection of civil rights. Why is it so hard for people to let one person love another? No matter race, gender, religion, or sexuality the people of the United States should be allowed to love and marry whomever they
Furthermore, it should be legal across the world. Gender should not play a role in marriage because gender is irrelevant when it comes to being in love. If it was legalized, same-sex couples would be able to publicly display their commitment to each other, have the same benefits as heterosexual couples, stop being referred to as inferior, create more revenue for the government, and it will also help the gay, lesbian, and bi-sexual people’s physical and mental health. “If anybody can find someone to love them and to help them through this difficult thing called life, I support that in any shape or form,” (Will Smith).