The main purpose of this paper is to discuss the history of the LGTB(Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, and Bisexual) movement in the USA, and the different positions that oppose that movement. Also, the current trends indicate a change is coming soon for this country on the issue. There are more gay supporters standing on the side of gay couples affirming that equality is necessary in America. Opponents just claim that gay relationships are uncommitted and shallow, and because of these facts they should not have the right to marry. As opposed to traditional marriage, gay marriage or same sex marriage could be defined as a lawful marriage between two persons of the same biological sex.
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Through multiple court cases, the gay rights movement has been fighting to give homosexuals the equality, respect and civil rights enjoyed by the rest of the nation. The reasons that the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transvestite community is all thanks to the gay rights movement. The purpose of this movement is to protect rights and obtain equality for those who are homosexual. The movement tries to educate the community on gay rights as well as convince those people who are homosexual, to proclaim their orientation. The movement’s supporters come from all different orientations, homosexuals, bisexuals, transgendered, even heterosexuals!
Many people fear that same-sex marriages will interfere with the traditional procreation process and disrupt society. “I often hear that “traditional marriage furthers the state's interest in procreation--and that opening marriage to same-sex couples would dilute, diminish, and devalue this goal”. (Olson) Beliefs that procreation will be greatly affect by the marriage of same-sex couples goes hand and hand with the belief that procreation should only be between a man and a women. “The purpose of marriage is procreation and the responsible rearing of children by a woman and a man. Extending to gays and lesbians the right to marry would undermine traditional marriage, and therefore, governments have a valid reason to maintain the traditional definition of it.”(Hanna) Advocates state that it is important for a child to be raised with a mother and a father because they need both a male influence in their life and a female figure in their life.
Famous children’s author Dr. Seuss once said, “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind". Gay rights, at the moment, are one of the most publicized and well known controversial subjects of this decade. The sides clearly drawn one fighting for rights as simple as being married the other stating that it defames their religion and goes against the definition of marriage, being between a man and a woman. The individuals who are fighting for their civil rights are fallowing the same path that African Americans and women have taken, but the change has started and in over 13 states gays have been given their basic rights and more state are joining in the fight both for and against the topic. History In the United States, there were few endeavors made to make backing gatherings supporting gay and lesbian connections until after World War II, in spite of the fact that prewar gay life thrived in urban settings, for example, Greenwich Village and Harlem throughout the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s.
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And 42 years from, now, I hope the thought of restricting marriage on the basis of sexual orientation is also unfathomable. WORKS CITED Works Cited Bass, David. "Witch Hunt in the Golden State." Spectator.org. 7 December 2009.
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