Anna Quindlen writes anyone can be homosexual, “All parents should be aware that when they mock or curse gay people, they may be mocking or cursing their own child.” Homosexuals shouldn’t be treated differently for the following reasons: they were born that way, homosexuality isn’t a mental illness, and society's unfair judgement leads many homosexuals to not accept their true identity. Born That Way Homosexuals will often state they were born that way. Modern research hasn’t necessarily looked at genes, but the molecules that regulate them called epigenetic factors. Epigenetic factors are the “switches” attached to genes that turn them on or off. These “switches” choose your hair color, eye color, sex, and a number of other qualities.
Same-Sex marriage is now legal in 17 states either by the court decision, the state legislature, or the popular vote (17 Legal). Although public attitudes toward same-sex marriage and homosexuality in general have become more accepting in the recent years, a sizeable segment of the U.S. population still views limiting marriage to opposite-sex couples as both a good public policy and morally right (Gay Marriage). The act of same-sex marriage has been banned in 33 states either by Constitutional Amendment and State laws (17 Legal). Although, same-sex marriages are still being rejected by more than half of the United States, the gay community still expresses optimism on obtaining freedom and equality on marriage. The gay community has been fighting a constant battle for their gay rights and marriage equality.
However, the Merriam-Webster dictionary definition of marriage is “(1) : the state of being united to a person of the opposite sex as husband or wife in a consensual and contractual relationship recognized by law (2) : the state of being united to a person of the same sex in a relationship like that of a traditional marriage.” This definition does allow for the interpretation of marriage as being a marriage, whether it is an opposite or a same-sex marriage. What is a gay marriage? When searching for a dictionary definition of a gay marriage or same-sex marriage it could not be found. However, in Wikopedia (not the most reliable source) a definition was found. It states that same-sex marriage (also known as gay marriage) is marriage between two people of the same biological sex and/or gender identity.
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