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The Fight for Gay Rights

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The Fight for Gay Rights Restrictions have been put in place on homosexuals’ basic human rights because of individuals’ opinions and lack of tolerance. America is a country where all people should have the same rights, regardless of sexual preference. Gay marriage is illegal in more than thirty states even yet today (ProQuest). Homosexual people have been struggling with their rights for over a hundred years now, but the issue still hasn’t been resolved. Gay marriage and rights didn’t become a main focus for attention until the late 90’s and early 2000’s. In fact throughout the twentieth century it was illegal for two people originating from the same sexual orientation to speak or proceed with sexual acts together (Eskridge). Gay couples began requesting marriage licenses and the states in which they resided had no choice but to react. Most of the states amended their constitutions and laws to be against gay marriage, and that is where the battle began (Rauch). People began to become paranoid about gay people because of the strict laws that America had put in place against them. This stereotype, created decades ago, still affects gay people today, usually negatively (Eskridge). For example, it was actually illegal for openly gay members to participate in the United States Military for many years. America was following Clinton’s Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Policy. It wasn’t until 2011, by the doings of Barack Obama, that the policy was lifted and homosexuals were allowed to be in the Military (Dunham). Why would gay individuals even want to fight in a country where they were told they weren’t good enough to protect America’s rights, rights that they themselves didn’t even posses? I feel it takes a big person to look past the hateful d... ... middle of paper ... .... n.p. Thomas Nelson Inc, 2009. Web “LGBT Adoption.” Lifelong Adoptions. N.P., 2014. Web. 28 Mar. 2014. Parker-Pope, Tara. “How Hospitals Treat Same-Sex couples.” Nytimes.com. Well, 12 May. 2009. Web. 31 March. 2014. Price, Michael. “Nolo: Law for All.” Na, 2014. Web. 26 Mar. 2014. ProQuest Staff. “At Issue: Same-Sex Marriage.” ProQuest LLC. 2014: n.pag. SIRS Issues Researcher. Web. 25 Mar. 2014. Rauch, Jonathan. Gay Marriage. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 2004. Web. “The Bill of Rights: A Transcription.” National Archives and Records Administration. National Archives and Records Administration, n.d. Web. 31 Mar. 2014. Wiersma, Alisa. “High-Profile Politicians Who changed Their Positions on Gay Marriage.” ABC News, 15 March, 2013. Web. 1 April, 2014. Worsnop, Richard L. “Gay Rights.” CQ Researcher .05 Mar. 1993: 195+. SIRS Issues Researcher. Web. 27 Mar. 2014.

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  • Opines that america is a country where all people should have the same rights, regardless of sexual preference. homosexual people have been struggling with their rights for over 100 years.
  • Explains that gay marriage and rights didn't become a main focus for attention until the late 90's and early 2000’s. it was illegal for two people originating from the same sexual orientation to speak or proceed with sexual acts together.
  • Opines that it takes a big person to look past the hateful discrimination that the base of our country followed for centuries, and enlist.
  • Explains that homosexuals are struggling to maintain their right to marry. the bible states that marriage is a religious act and is an abomination, which raises the question of why the united states' laws should be controlled by the restrictions and ideals of one specific religion.
  • Explains that gay couples lack social security, health insurance, and taxes if they are not legally married in the state where they live. civil unions are a way for gay people to become united together and take advantage of some of the benefits that married couples do.
  • Opines that it is unfair to not allow gay couples to complete their families through adoption because of prejudice.
  • Opines that people are becoming less afraid to be who they are, regardless of what society thinks. politicians aren't always genuine in their decision making on the issue of gay rights.
  • Opines that school is supposed to be a safe place for kids to express themselves freely, but it is one of the places that they are scrutinized and judged the most.
  • Opines that gay rights are human rights and that people should have the right to marry who they please, receive the same benefits, and build a family with their spouse.
  • Analyzes duhnam, will, and reueters.com's "obama hails end of u.s. military restrictions on gays."
  • States that eskridge, jr., william, n. equality practice: civil unions and the future of gay rights.
  • Explains that leviticus 18:22. holy bible; new king james version. thomas nelson.
  • Analyzes how parker-pope, tara, and nytimes.com treat same-sex couples.
  • Analyzes proquest staff's "at issue: same-sex marriage" and sirs issues researcher.
  • States that the bill of rights: a transcription. national archives and records administration.
  • Analyzes wiersma, alisa. “high-profile politicians who changed their positions on gay marriage.” abc news, 15 march 2013.
  • Explains worsnop, richard l., "gay rights." cq researcher, 195+, sirs issues research.
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