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The Fight for Gay Rights

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The fight to legalize gay marriage has won many battles in recent years. It has become available in Canada, England, New Zealand, and here in the United States it is now legal in 13 states (religioustolerence.org). Gay couples have become more prominently accepted in modern society, appearing in popular TV shows such as “Modern Family” and “The New Normal”. Gay marriage is even the inspiration for popular songs such as “Same Love” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. Even with same sex couples being more commonly accepted, there are still conservative and religious leaders that remain opposed. It is this opposition that has prevented gay marriage from becoming legal in most of the country. Gays and lesbians are Americans just like everyone else, and deserve the same rights. Discrimination to a minority is supposed to be against the law, but still somehow manages to exist for the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) community. Preventing same sex couples from marrying is not only denying them their civil rights, it is also discriminating against their innocent family members.
Gay marriage is just another hurdle to be overcome by Americans in their pursuit of freedom and equality. Gays and lesbians are not the first Americans to be denied their civil rights. Woman and interracial couples were also denied equal rights when it came to marriage for many years. In the beginning, women had little say in whom or when they married. Their marriages were arranged by their fathers or oldest male guardian. These marriages had little to do with love, and more to do with social status, or what could be gained by the union. Kings married off their daughters to neighboring kingdoms to form alliances; poor families with a beautiful daughter would...

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