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How Hollywood Vilifies Gays

- Not only can a man not marry his dog, but a man who chooses to do so must be put down. This is what our conservative society expects to hear from our friends and neighbors and as a consequence expect all to follow that principle. In the film Philadelphia, a bigot group of White Anglo-Saxon Protestants are so intolerable towards homosexual relationships, that they are willing to frame an old friend to get rid of them. Similarly to I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry or Brokeback Mountain, Philadelphia puts the lead homosexual as a protagonist while ignoring the fact that the general view is that of an antagonist....   [tags: Hollywood vs Gays]

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Why Gays Shouldn’t Serve by David Horowitz

- In the essay “Why gays shouldn’t serve” by David Horowitz he states that “Don’t ask, Don’t Tell policy is a way of containing the destructive force of sex on a combat capability called Unit Cohesion. (354)” This controversial topic has surfaced more and more recently because Barack Obama wanted to let all people serve in the military, regardless of their sexual orientation. “More than 1,000 retired flag and general officers have joined us in signing an open letter to President Obama and Congress, repeal of this law would prompt many dedicated people to leave the military (James J....   [tags: gays, military, don't ask, don't tell]

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An Analysis of Andrew Sullivan's Let Gays Marry

- "Let Gays Marry" is an article written by Andrew Sullivan arguing that homosexuals should be given the right to be legally married in the United States. In this essay, Sullivan argues that homosexuals have just as much right to marry as heterosexual couples. Sullivan argues that throughout US history that the definition of marriage has been altered several times to accommodate changing times, and that it is time to recognize gay's right to marry. Throughout the article, Sullivan uses several sources to back up his argument, but also makes several comments to weaken his argument....   [tags: Let Gays Marry Andrew Sullivan]

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Gays In The Military

- Gays In The Military Dedicated citizens should not be discriminated from serving in their country’s military no matter their sexual orientation. Several studies provide evidence that allowing gays and lesbians to openly serve in the armed forces can result in more positive work related outcomes. Discharging trained military personnel for their sexual orientation is costly and results in loss of talent. Allowing gays to openly serve ends decades of discrimination in the military and can lead to a more highly qualified pool or recruits....   [tags: studies , suspicion, sexual orientation]

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The Double Life of Closeted Gays

- Imagine living your life pretending to be someone you are not. Of course hiding who you really are is going to have an effect on you in many ways. In “The Shadow Side of Everyday Life,” Zweig and Abrams suggest that every person has a shadow and “the shadow acts like a psychic immune system, defining what is self and what is not-self”(325). They also believe that our shadows contain dark qualities. When a homosexual person passes as straight, they suppress a dark shadow that is hidden from the world....   [tags: Social Stigma]

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Can Gays Adopt a Child?

- Some people are embedded in one way of thinking. They think that there should only be traditional families that consist of a mother and a father, not two moms or two dads. However, family is becoming less about blood relations and more about people in committed relationships that associate in the same place over time. This is significant because…It can be said that children’s healthy development can be affected by a child’s relationship with their parent, their parents competence, and their family’s social and economic support rather than the gender of their parents....   [tags: blood relations, parents, child development]

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Differences in Gays and Lesbians

- Differences in Gays and Lesbians HIV/AIDS is one of the leading causes of death according to the World Health Organization in 2004. Imagine the numbers of infection and death have steadily been increasing over the years, it probably has moved up in ranking. HIV is commonly transmitted by bodily fluids, but it is more highly transmitted when men have sex with men. I will be discussing the different variables that come into effect when gay men and lesbians are transmitted with HIV and how to avoid it....   [tags: Health, Diseases, HIV/AIDS]

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Gays/Lesbians Normalization in America

- Homosexuality is an intensely debated issue in the United States, but there are trends indicating an increased normalization of the gay/lesbian lifestyle. According to Lee Condon (2001), the Census 2000 should be remembered as the first gay and lesbian census. During this census, the federal head-counters made an attempt to count gay and lesbian households for the first time. When the data was released, it showed that 1.2 million same-sex, unmarried partners had been identified. Single gays and lesbians were left out of this part of the census count, but a study commissioned by the national gay lobby, Human Rights Campaign, estimated that Census 2000 undercounted gay and lesbian couples by a...   [tags: Homosexuality, Academic Essays]

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Gays in the Military

- The subject of Gays in the military has been debated over many times by many people. When dealing with whether or not gays should be allowed in the military the simple question of, Do they want to be in the military?, must be answered. After this question is answered you can begin analyzing the problem. The answer to the question, Do gays want to be in the military?, is an unquestioned yes. Gays would be proud and determined to protect this beautiful country in which we live. I personally am confused as to why there is even a question of whether or not gays should be allowed to protect and die for a country they love....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Gays in the Military

- For nearly 50 years, it has been the U.S. military's official policy to exclude homosexuals from service. In November 1992, President - elect Clinton told Americans that he planned to lift the military's long - standing ban on gays and lesbians. Homosexual men and women, he said, should not be prevented from serving their country based on their sexual orientation. Soon after taking office in 1993, Clinton faced powerful military and congressional opposition to lifting the ban. General Colin Powell, then - chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Senator Sam Nunn, who was chairman of the Senate Armed Forces Committee between 1987 an 1994 and left Congress in 1996, announced that they would...   [tags: Homosexual Gay Lesbian]

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Gays in the Military

- Very often political institutions reflect the will of society and set the precedent for norms that will be expected of its members. The United States Military is still enforcing archaic policies which threaten to harm the principles our nation was founded upon. The principles of freedom and equality are those that every American holds closest to their heart, that is unless you are in the military and are gay. The issue of gays in the military has developed into a case of whether our country should discriminate against a group merely because of involuntary sexual orientation....   [tags: Gay Military Government Laws Essays Homosexual]

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Gays in the Military

- The question of whether or not gays should be alowed in the military is a hotly debated event in curnent politics and their are many arguments for and aginst it. these very arguments give us some insight about where our society is going and how willing we really are to accept others. So now we have two citizens both wanting to join the military and both identical in everyway save the fact that one in straight and one is gay. They both pass all tests with the same score yet one is let in and one is not base on sexual orientation....   [tags: Psychology]

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Discrimination Against Gays: My Story

- It was long since I realized that someone’s education doesn’t always correspond to his or her values, fortitude, or humanity principles, but I was still shocked about how unrecognizably the envy has deformed most of my colleagues at school. “I know many people with a PhD. My husband could also do it, if he wanted. But we rather invested in the new roof,” I heard Mara, and anger in her voice. I really thought that we were friends, and that she would be happy for me. Some colleagues were acting as if a PhD would be something very, very wrong, but they let me know that they could also have it, if only they would want it....   [tags: gay, education, prejudice ]

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Hate Crimes Committed Against Gays

- ... Their writings were sympathetic to the concept of a homosexual or bisexual orientation occurring naturally in an identifiable segment of humankind, and Freud himself did not consider homosexuality an illness or a crime. Hirschfield headed the foundation of Berlin 's Institute for Sexual Science, Europe 's best library archive of materials on gay cultural history. These efforts contrasted with the backlash, in England, against gay and lesbian writers such as Oscar Wilde and Radclyffe Hall. In Germany, with the rise of Hitler 's Third Reich, the former tolerance demonstrated by Germany 's Scientific Humanitarian Committee vanished....   [tags: Homosexuality, LGBT, LGBT social movements]

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Gays in Sports

- Mike Piazza is straight, everybody calm down. The press was at Shea Stadium with bells and whistles on. A rumor for so long, the confirmation came in at an impromptu press conference only Major League Baseball could hold. When a retired NFL defenseman came out of the closet nobody noticed. A former San Diego Padre admitting to be a homosexual barely made a blip on society's radar. A former Mr. Universe is gay, a fact not very well known, and when a two-time Olympic swimming gold medallist came out; his HIV status is what received the most attention....   [tags: Homosexuals Athletes]

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Gays in 9-11

- Gays in 9-11 The events of September 11, 2001 have left many people all over the world speechless to say the least. What happened that day at New York City’s World Trade Centers and Washington D.C.’s Pentagon have left many people without their loved ones, their jobs, or any sense of reason. Husbands lost wives, wives lost husbands, children lost parents, parents lost children, and partners lost their other halves. Friendships and families were destroyed. It is at our time of weakness that we are able to be our strongest....   [tags: Gay Rights Argumentative Persuasive Essays]

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Sexual Tolerance of Gays in the Military

- Sexual Tolerance of Gays in the Military In 1999, more than 1,000 men and women were discharged from military service due to their sexuality. That number has actually decreased compared to recent years. (Suro NP) Homosexuals were purged from federal employment in 1950, with Bill Clinton updating that policy in 1993 by adding the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, Don’t Pursue” policy. (Deicher 176) This policy doesn’t work and needs to either be updated again or the ban against homosexuals lifted. Gays should be allowed to fight for the military for employment reasons, the right to fight for one’s country, and because they are no different from anyone else....   [tags: Papers]

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Gays And Lesbians in the Media

- Gays and lesbians Throughout television history it is hard to point out if there have ever been any lead gay characters. There was once a sitcom where the lead character was implied to be gay, in Tony Randall's "Love, Sidney" in 1981; he was a life long bachelor that had no visible interest in women (Rubin). Other than that gay characters have only been in supporting roles until Ellen DeGeneres came along. Ellen DeGeneres is valued by many gays and lesbians because she made history by coming out of the closet through her lead character role in the TV show "Ellen", and as a result made it a step easier for gays and lesbians to live their lives knowing that they may be accepted in society e...   [tags: Media Television TV]

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Equal Rights for Gays and Lesbians

- Equal Rights for Gays and Lesbians If the constitution promises equality before the law, what justification can there be for clearing rights to any member of society. More specifically what justification can there be for clearing rights to gays and lesbians. Lots of questions come to mind when the topic of gays and lesbians having equal rights as any other citizen in society would have. Should gays and lesbians have equal employment opportunities. Should they have the right to adopt a child, and should they have the right to marry their own sex partner....   [tags: Persuasive, Gay Marriage, Legal Issues, Political]

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A Struggle for Acceptance of Gays

- A Struggle for Acceptance of Gays "When the dust settles and the pages of history are written, it will not be the angry defenders of intolerance who have made the difference, that reward will go to those who dared to step outside the safety of their privacy in order to expose and rout the prevailing prejudice." - John Shelby Spong Episcopal Bishop of the Diocese of Newark, NJ November 21, 1996 During World War II and especially the twenty years after brought great political and social changes to the U.S.....   [tags: Homosexuality Religion Marriage Society Essays]

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Gays Have a Right to Marry

- Gays Have a Right to Marry Every teen faces that time when their parent or parents choose to tell them about sex. Well, what if it happened that instead of sex your parents chose to tell you about the injustice of not letting people in the gay community marry. If this was to happen, then there would be a better understanding of gay relationships and their want to get married. This would more then likely lead to the ending of the ban on gay marriages. In his essay “Let Gays Marry”, Andrew Sullivan, who happens to be a homosexual male, tells of how he feels that gays should not be denied the privilege of marriage....   [tags: Gay Lesbian Marriage]

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The NASW Position Statement on Gays and Lesbians and the Students Perspective

- There are many issues that interfere with the health and happiness of those within the Gay and Lesbian community. The National Association Position Statement on Gays and Lesbians is as attempt to abolish such issues within the social work practice. One place that individuals of any sexual orientation practice should feel safe is with those who have chosen the field of social work as a means to helping the oppressed. Social workers must be aware of their own personal beliefs and values when it comes to the fear of and the misrepresentation of working with this divers group....   [tags: Homosexuality]

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Gays

- The Right to Unite Sam* and Alex* have been together for two years. Recently, they decided that they would like to buy a house together. This has not been an easy task as their lifestyle choice has caused them complications attaining a loan. Sam and Alex are of the same sex. If they were married, as they one day hope to be, getting a home loan would not be an issue. However, because they are gay, they are unable to legalize their relationship in 48 of the 50 states. The issue of gay marriage has been a very controversial subject since the late 1970’s....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Portrayal of Gays in the Media

- The media has had a significant shift from the past in their portrayal of gay people including in gay marriage and gay rights. In the 1980’s and 90’s the subject was much more taboo and the idea of gay marriage was popularly opposed. However today, the majority of Americans support legalizing gay marriage. What could be the reason for such a change. Could it be the media portrayal. Beginning in 1975, the first gay couple was shown on television. After that a variety of other programs included the ideas of homosexuality until 1991 when the first kiss between a same-sex couple was shown....   [tags: Media portrayal of LGBT]

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Silence on Gays and Lesbians is Social Studies Curriculum

- Stephen J. Thornton is active in the social studies profession. He is the current Chair of the Department of Secondary Education and the University of Southern Florida. Thornton has chaired both the American Educational Research Association's Special Interest Group on research in social studies education and the College and University Faculty Assembly of the National Council for the Social Studies. In his 2009 paper, Silence on Gays and Lesbians is Social Studies Curriculum, Thornton highlights the exclusion of Gay, Lesbian, Bi-Sexual and Transgendered perspectives in social studies curriculums in the United States....   [tags: Social Issues, Heteronormativity]

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Hate Crimes Against Gays

-     In October of 1998, America finally became aware of how deadly discrimination can be. In Laramie, Wyoming, 21-year old college student Matthew Shepard was brutally beaten by two men and tied to a fence, left for dead. Matthew's murderers set out only to rob him, but ended up beating him so severely that he never regained consciousness before he died. Why did this happen in the first place. Simply because Matthew was gay. Matthew's death became a national symbol of violence against homosexuals, prompting prayer vigils and calls for state and federally supported hate crime laws....   [tags: Gay Hate Crimes]

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Hate Crimes Against Gays

- "Homosexuality is assuredly no advantage, but it is nothing to be ashamed of, no vice, no degradation, it cannot be classified as an illness". Many highly respectable individuals of ancient and modern times have been homosexuals, several of the greatest me among them (Plato, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, etc.). It is a great injustice to persecute homosexuality as a crime, and cruelty too."(Isay, 3) Long ago it was declared by the republic of this nation that all men are created equal. By this statement, our founding fathers agreed upon the fact that no matter your race, religion, sexual orientation, sex or disability, as a citizen of the United States of America one has the same rights...   [tags: Gay Hate Crime]

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Should Gays Marry?

- Should Gays Marry. The essays by William Bennett and Andrew Sullivan are just the tip of the iceberg in the debate over homosexual marriage. This debate has been going on for years, with many solidly supported opinions on the topic. Both authors provide strong points and well written essays, and include some similar ideas, even though the message of each essay is contradictory to the other. Andrew Sullivan’s essay, “Let Gays Marry,” is about how gays and lesbians have long been alienated from their basic rights as American citizens....   [tags: Gay Marriages Homosexuality Essays]

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Should Gays Marry?

- Gays Marry. Andrew Sullivan, an editor of the New Republic, and William Bennett, editor of The Book of Virtues, have widely contrasting viewpoints about same-sex marriages in their articles Let Gays Marry and Leave Marriage Alone. Sullivan believes in “no special rights, but simple equality” (pg. 25) for the gay community. Bennett, on the other hand, believes that same-sex marriages “would shatter the conventional definition of marriage” (pg. 29). They do, however, share some common writing styles in these two contrasting articles....   [tags: Essays Papers]

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Don't Ask, Don't Tell

- ... (Klapper) This would also place into effect the law that military personnel could not be asked about their orientation throughout the enlistment process. (Klapper) Lastly, if there were a presumption made about any member of the military being gay, they would have a chance to deny the presumption. (Klapper) This was a major step in the right direction, because prior to this law there was an absolute ban on gays in the military. However, as years passed, the views of Americans on homosexuals had changed, and in 2010 Clinton said he regretted the policy....   [tags: gays in the military]

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Rhetorical Analysis of "Gays Have an Equal Right to the Folly of a Las Vegas Wedding"

- With his political cartoon, David Horsey provides an effective counter-argument to a common anti-gay claim through the use of irony and comedy. Horsey addresses the argument that gay marriage would ruin the sanctity of marriage. The cartoon was made around April, at the same time as Supreme Court rulings on the Defense Of Marriage Act and Proposition 8. By addressing the argument, Horsey is using pathos to allow the reader to make their own conclusion that this claim is incorrect. Rather than stating right out that the claim is incorrect, he proves this to the reader through ironic and comedic imagery and still allows the reader to come to their own conclusion....   [tags: claim, marriage, pathos, irony, comedy]

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Gays/Lesbians

- Homosexuality is a hotly debated issue in the United States but there are trends that are showing some normalization of the gay/lesbian lifestyle. The Census 2000, according to Lee Condon (2001), should be remembered as the first gay and lesbian census because the federal head-counters made a first attempt to count gay and lesbian households. When the data was released, it showed that 1.2 million same-sex, unmarried partners had been identified. Single gays and lesbians were left out of this part of the census count, but a study commissioned by the national gay lobby, Human Rights Campaign, estimated that Census 2000 undercounted gay and lesbian couples by a factor of 62 percent (Condon, 200...   [tags: Ethical Issues, Homosexuality]

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Gays in the Media - Will and Grace is Only the First Step

- Gays in the Media - Will and Grace is Only the First Step Bisexual. Gay. Lesbian. These are all words that in today’s society are becoming more and more common to hear. Although just a few years ago hearing these words might have shocked some and angered many, they are becoming a part of today’s norm. People are broadening their views on sexuality and the possibilities open to them. Being bisexual, gay, or lesbian is slowly becoming accepted. On television a few years ago, a comedic sitcom Ellen attempted to make gays even more accepted by casting the main character as a gay woman....   [tags: Media Argumentative Persuasive Argument]

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Do Gays and Lesbians Threaten the System of Male Dominance?

- Do Gays and Lesbians Threaten the System of Male Dominance. "In short, by not complying with their assigned gender roles, gays and lesbians threaten the system of male dominance (Calhoun 157)" A debate is raging in America about who people have a right to marry. In response to lesbians and gays asking for the right to marry, many legislators are writing laws to ban same-sex marriage in their respective states. Even President Bush supports a Constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage (prez.bush.marriage/)....   [tags: essays research papers fc]

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Let Gays Marry and Leave Marriage Alone

- I will summarize some of the key points from the essay, Let Gays Marry, by Andrew Sullivan, and the essay, Leave Marriage Alone, by William Bennett. Some of these main points are taken from mutual beliefs of both authors and others are derived from the opposing opinions of the two. The first summary of Andrew Sullivan’s essay is a reflection of Andrew Sullivan’s stance of the issue. The original essay was in favor of allowing same sex marriage in America. My summary will dictate some of the arguments that I found to be the most persuasive and important to Sullivan’s case....   [tags: Andrew Sullivan William Bennett Equality Essays]

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Let Gays Marry and Leave Marriage Alone

- Let Gays Marry and Leave Marriage Alone The article, "Let Gays Marry," written by Andrew Sullivan, is about equal rights on marriage for same sex couples. The second article, "Leave Marriage Alone," written by William Bennett, is about the institute of marriage and the meaning of marriage. Let people who love each other and want to be together for the rest of their lives, no matter sexuality tendencies, be together and live like other people in love. Both of these authors have different views of what the definition of marriage should be....   [tags: Andrew Sullivan William Bennett Essays]

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The Rights of Homesexuals to Serve in the Military

- ... Heated and invidious of the result of the battle, Glover decided to take matters in to his own hands and decided to get his vengeance on Winchell two days after the battle by disrespecting him and saying that he had “his ass kicked by a faggot.” Far along that night, Glover decided to use a baseball bat to beat the twenty-one year old Winchell to death while he was sleeping. Investigations far along proved that the base camp had a widespread antigay harassment that failed to be acknowledged along with other bases around the country even after the policy was passed (1-3)....   [tags: ban, gays, opponents]

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Redefining Marriage to Include Same Sex Couples Would Affect its Cultural Meaning and Function

- What thought comes to mind when one thinks about gay marriage. Is it that Gay rights in America are growing more rapidly than ever, or is it that Americans are giving up on the hand that they once relied strongly upon on. According to Rob Anderson, an author of the article, “The weekly Standard’s Absurd case against Gay Marriage” stated, “that 65 percent of Americans say they can accept gays and lesbians living together in the Los Angles Times article in 2004”. In the past, homosexuals have been denied the privilege of marriage, and there is absolutely no part of history, which supports or determines whether gay marriage should be allowed, or not....   [tags: values, morals, gays, lesbians]

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The Evolution of The Same-Sex Family

- The American family is constantly undergoing changes. In the early 1600s, the Godly Family was the prevalent family structure of the first Europeans who immigrated to the United States (Aulette, 2010). Until 1780, families were strictly patriarchal with a male head of the family, who supervised “all social activities, including education, health care, and welfare”, and insured the family’s self-sufficiency within its community (Aulette, 2010). Following this form, the Modern Family and its sub-categories, the Democratic Family and the Companionate Family, were the dominant family structures until the 1970s (Aulette, 2010)....   [tags: social issues, lesbians, gays]

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The Sanctity of Marriage: Equality for All

- There are currently 16 states, including Washington D.C., which allow same-sex marriage. The very first being Massachusetts in 2003, but the initial concept of marriage was solely intended for opposite-sex marriage dating back nearly 60 years ago. When discussing the controversial topic of gay marriage, one should consider that if there is truly equality in the U.S. then gays should be treated in the same manner as those who are considered straight. There are many benefits allowed to those in a marriage, whether it deals with inheritance, or tax breaks....   [tags: gays, marriage, treated, debate]

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Should Homosexuals Be Allowed to Marry?

- Should Homosexuals be allowed to marry. I fill like gays are equal to any other straight couple to when it comes down to marriage they should be allowed to love or marry who they like. Often people wonder why “gay marriage needs to be legalized”, but why should people have the right to choose who others can and cannot marry. If same sex marriage was legalized in every state, many positive doors will open up for society, the world would become closer to equality, adoption would increase, and social support would develop for same sex couples....   [tags: gays, lesbians, social support]

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Hip-Hop’s Beneficial Influences on Teens

- Hip-Hop’s Beneficial Influences Hip Hop is a genre of music that was born around 70’s. This type of music doesn’t really involve singing but words that are spoken. Hip Hop is in a poetic form with simple phrases and it usually has end rhyme. The music genre known as Hip-Hop produces positive effects on teenagers of this generation. Hip Hop is this great form of music that is very much poetic and almost hypnotizing. It uses old classics of music that people already love and throws funky looped beats over them that make for an ingenious masterpiece of music....   [tags: spoken words, gays, creativity]

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Let's Legalize Gay Marriage

- ... “Revenue from gay marriage comes from marriage licenses, higher income taxes, and decreases in costs for state benefit programs” (Perry). Legalizing gay marriage would bring in $20 million - $40 million, per year in taxes. Gays and lesbians would not gain anything of same-sex Bringas 2 marriage anyways. They fight for same-sex marriage because it would ensure them economic security. Basically, gay marriage is good for the economy because it increases government revenue and helps create jobs....   [tags: equality, gays, parents]

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Passing by Nella Larsen

- Another issue that Nella Larsen brings up in her story, Passing, is the aspect of lesbianism. Before the Harlem Renaissance began, people back then were not very open about being a gay or lesbian person. As the years progressed, people became more open about their sexuality if they happened to be different. The Harlem Renaissance was a time period that is known for the blossoming culture of African Americans. The Harlem Renaissance took place in the vicinity of Harlem, New York. This event was a cultural movement for the African American community....   [tags: Harlem Renaissance, gays, lesbians]

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America Needs Gay Marriage

- " A paper certificate isn't going to solve it all but it's a damn good place to start . No law is going to change us we have to change us." . (Macklemore line 61) Change , it's something that has to come to us , it's something we have to work on . Changing in a day isn't possible it takes time , long amounts of time . Ben Haggerty or otherwise known as Macklemore is a critically acclaimed singer/ songwriter. He wrote a song a called 'Same love' it's a gay pride song about marriage and equality for gays and lesbians....   [tags: Legal Issues, Gays and Lesbians]

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The Right to Marriage for the Gays

- ... It is not fair to allow marriage and then tell homosexuals that they are not allowed to get married due to the fact that they are gay. All American citizens have the right to follow their rights and enjoy them all, yet homosexuals cannot because they do not have all the rights that heterosexuals have. In order for the same sex couples to enjoy their rights, they have to be granted their right of legal marriage recognized by all. Without homosexuals having legal marriage, there basically is no such thing as equal rights, because they don’t have the same rights as heterosexuals just because they like the same sex....   [tags: constitutional, adoptions, suicide]

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Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Issues - Equal Rights Not Special Rights for Gays

- Gays: Seeking Equal Rights Not Special Rights On October 6, 1998 two men took Matthew Shepard, a gay college student, about a mile outside of Laramie Wyoming. These men took him out to a split-rail fence, tortured him, then tied him put onto the fence, and left him for death. He was found late the next day by two bikers, 18 hours after the attack. When the bikers first saw Matthew tied to the fence, they thought that Matthew was a scarecrow, but realized that it was a person. Matthew remained in a coma until October 12, then died at 12:53 a.m....   [tags: Persuasive Essay, Argumentative]

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Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Issues - We Must Accept Gays and Lesbians

- Don't Tolerate Gays and Lesbians Tolerance. Preference. I am so sick of those words. Why should people have to be tolerated. Tolerance should apply to annoying habits, like hearing the tapping of a pencil or cracking knuckles. People shouldn't have to be tolerated because of who they are. People shouldn't have to be put up with because of whom they wish to spend their time with. I believe a person's sexuality is not a preference. It is not a choice or a decision. It is simply the way a person is born....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics]

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History of the Gay and Lesbian Rights Movement

- THE HOMOPHILE YEARS (1940s-60s – WWII, Cold War, McCarthyism): 1940s · Growth in the urban subculture of gay men and lesbians. · Government and police harassment, persecution, and investigation of gays. 1950s-1960s · The homophile movement remained small and relatively marginalized. End of 1960s · Rise of activism + “Gay is good” · Reformist goals: ü decriminalization of homosexual acts, ü equal treatment and equal rights under the law, ü dissemination of accurate, ü “unbiased” information about homosexuality....   [tags: Gays and Lesbians in America]

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Lebanon Must Pave the Way for LGBT Rights

- Lebanon Must Pave the Way for LGBT Rights in the Middle East The Middle East has never welcomed gays. In fact, although infrequent in practice, some countries such as Saudi Arabia, Iran, Yemen and Egypt condemns the criminality of ‘unnatural’ intercourse by death or a heavy prison sentence (Kotecha, 2013, p.1). Although some activists in Lebanon are emerging to defend these rights, Lebanon still belongs to the above list in the legal point of view and in practice and that’s what makes it far from being the heaven for gays in the Middle East....   [tags: Middle East, Gays, Equal Rights, Lebanon]

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Sexual Orientation Discrimination in the Military

- In September 2011, the United States lifted the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy (DADT), which restricted gay, lesbian, and bisexuals from openly serving in the military. This was the first time in American history in which people of every sexual orientation could serve openly (“11 Facts About,” n.d.). This was a momentous occasion for some and not so much for others. For those military members that had served in secret and those members that were firmly against gays and lesbians, this repeal had different meaning....   [tags: don't ask, don't tell, gays, lesbians]

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Gay Rights

- Do you think homosexuals deserve the same rights we (straight people) do. People having homophobia, and people who discriminate against gays, make it very hard for homosexuals to live in peace. People all over the world have their different views on whether or not homosexuals should have rights, and with that many people who are mean, judgmental, and discriminate against homosexuals. Most homosexuals cannot be themselves and cannot “come out of the closet,” because of the mean actions that come from other people and communities around them....   [tags: Homosexual Rights, Homophobia, Gays]

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Equality and Civil Rights for Gays

- Love, the emotion expressed so widely from friends to romance, is the basis of marriage. The idea of matrimony revolves around the concept of one loving another so deeply that they want to join together and share a life together. The best description for marriage encompasses words like; commitment, unconditional love, and pure beauty from within one's heart. There is no possible way to measure the validity or trueness of these emotions. When a couple decides to wed, they are making the ultimate commitment to each other....   [tags: Same Sex Marriage Gay Marriage Equality]

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The Gay Community

- One of the most commonly held assumptions in the gay community is that because politics has regressed to a focus on acceptance in the coastal powers of New York and San Francisco, the entire nation has moved with it. I propose that by looking at the history of Kansas City in a more radical way, we will uncover new evidence to create a more intricate and accurate description of national trends. More specifically, by shifting our focus to a Midwestern city, and by looking at the history of conflicts over space instead of the history of events and people, we will uncover a new body of evidence to complicate national gay histories....   [tags: Gays Homosexual Gay Essays]

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In a Country of Diversity and Tolerance, Discrimination for Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, and Transgender Still Exists

- ... http://search.proquest.com.ezproxy.brescia.edu/pqrlsocsci/docview/1316135859/890B8295398E4155PQ/5?accountid=9713 A couple from a same sex marriage is placed into different category in the eyes of the federal government. The federal government does not view this relationship, even in a state that deems it legal the federal government withholds benefits that heterosexual couples have. In 1996 “The federal Defense of Marriage Act” was passed. This brought more problems for LGBT who were not allowed to add their spouses The langue in the federal Defense of Marriage Act stated that marriage is "a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife"....   [tags: heterosexual, marriage, court]

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Gays, Lesbians, Bisexuals and the Media - Lesbians on TV

- Lesbians on TV: Illusion of Progress             When television first appeared back in the 1940's, times were very different.  What we would consider completely normal today would have seemed quite taboo just a few decades ago. For example, in 1953, Lucille Ball was not allowed to say the word "pregnant" while she was expecting baby Ricky and it wasn't until the 1960's show Bewitched, that we saw a married couple actually sharing the same bed.  Considering how conservative the television networks were back then, it is not hard to deduce that something as controversial as homosexuality would be far from discussed or portrayed at any level.  It was only in 1973 that television pre...   [tags: Media Argumentative Persuasive Argument]

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Gays and Homosexuality: Personal Choice or Act of God?

- Homosexuality: Personal Choice or Act of God. "Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God. Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, not thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortionists will inherit the kingdom of God." (1 Corinthians 6:9-10) Homosexuality has been around as long for as there is recorded history. Through the years, however, the opinions towards homosexuality have changed....   [tags: Exploratory Essays Research Papers]

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Chasing the White Horse “The Impact of Drugs on Gay Men and Lesbians”

- “Numb the pain, numb the pain”…are the very words that openly gay R&B artist sung in reference to his dark days when he abused drugs to help cope with the stigma of being gay in the music industry. Just as Frank Ocean, millions of other LBGT individuals continue to portray as heterosexuals versus “coming out” in order to feel accepted in society. Resulting one to find a resolution that will help temporary thwarting the stresses, pain and challenges they experience through abusing drugs. According to Jordan (2000), “all teens may use substances due to peer pressure, the desire to experience with something new, to seek independence from parents, or for pleasure....   [tags: legal issues, gays]

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Does Sexual Abuse in Adolescents Lead to Homosexuality?

- This study is about whether there is a correlation between physical and sexual abuse in adolescents becoming homosexual. Throughout past research there has been no direct correlation in stating is does cause adolescents to become homosexual. The event of someone changing their sexual identity is when they gone through some traumatic situation in their life. The tests we ran for this study are The Life Experience Questionnaire, The Lesbian Internalized Homophobic Scale, and The Acceptance and Action Questionnaire....   [tags: Physical Abuse and Gays]

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The Liabilities of Homosexuality as a Genetic Trait

- 10.7 million Americans consider themselves Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, or Transgender, which is about 3.4% of our population. How does homosexuality occur. Is a man gay because of a missing father and an overbearing mother. Is a woman gay because of her desire to please her father by showing that she is worthy of the love she cannot seem to receive from him. Recently, most studies on the genetic liabilities of homosexuality have focused on men, but it is believed that the observations from these experiments also apply to women....   [tags: Social Issues, Gays, Lesbians]

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Edward Koch and AIDS in New York City

- ... People were proud of their city as major sports teams were bring in championships, artwork around the city was being installed around the city and public spaces were being restored. It was a great time to live in New York City and it was attracting people from all over the world. Moreover, gay men and women from all over the country were flocking in from small towns to this major metropolitan area in order find people like themselves and escape the oppression they faced from their home communities....   [tags: rights, gays, justice, leader]

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Recognition and Legalization of Same-sex Marriage

- Introduction Equality is a prominent topic of debate. Although the gay and lesbian community has progressed, the fight for equality remains. Recognition and legalization of same-sex marriage still falls within the minority rule amongst the states, but will soon be the majority. California , Delaware , Connecticut , Hawaii , Illinois , Maine , Maryland , Massachusetts , Minnesota , New Hampshire , New Jersey , New Mexico , New York , Rhode Island , Vermont , Washington , Iowa , and Washington D.C....   [tags: gays, lesbians, minority programs]

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Same-Sex Marriage Should Not Be Legal

- There are so many reasons why people see same-sex marriage as something that is unorthodox and shouldn't be permitted. While marriage is the love and respect two people have with one another and is actually defined in the Merriam Webster dictionary as, "a ceremony in which two people are married to each other" ("Marriage") there are people that don't want others to marry based on the individuals sexual preference. Two people that want to marry should be allowed legally to do so. Out of the 50 states in the United States, only seventeen issue same-sex marriage license....   [tags: LGBT, gays, lesbians, arguments]

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The acceptance of “abnormal” sexualities

- The acceptance of “abnormal” sexualities has been a prolonged, controversial battle. The segregation is excruciating and the prejudice remarks are so spiteful that some people never truly recover. Homosexuals have been left suffering for ages. Life, for most homosexuals during the first half of the twentieth century, was mostly one of hiding: having to constantly hide their true feelings and tastes. Instead of restaurants and movies, they had to sit quiet in the dark and meet each other in concealed places such as bars....   [tags: Homosexuals, Gays, Lesbians]

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Homosexual Individuals and Gender Norms

- “Beni, I have something to tell you,” my friend Marie said to me one year ago. “I am a lesbian.” At that moment all my views and beliefs about homosexual individuals were shattered. Marie has been in my life for about 13 years now, and is a very good friend of mine from the church. Growing up, she has been a tomboy that expressed herself in ways that deviated from the female gender norms, or ciswoman (Wood, 2013, p. 26). “Sex is a designation based on biology,” therefore, Marie’s sex is female (Wood, 2013, p....   [tags: Gays, Lesbians, Masculinity, Femininity]

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Comparing William Bennett's Leave Marriage Alone and Andrew Sullivan's Let Gays Marry

- What is marriage. For thousands years, marriage has been a combination between a man and a woman. When they love each other, they decide to live together. That is marriage. But what will love happen between two same sex persons. Will they marry. Is their marriage acceptable. It is the argument between two authors: William J. Bennett and Andrew Sullivan. The two authors come from different countries and have different opinion about same sex marriage. Sullivan agrees with the gay marriage because of human right, on the other hand, Bennett contradicts his idea because he believes that marriage should be between a man and a woman....   [tags: Gay Marriage Essays]

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It’s Time to Include Gays and Lesbians in Our Study of Literature

- The growth of gay people as a group has been astonishing. It is not possible to guess how exactly we will grow from our experiences in the years ahead, but it is possible to predict that growth will continue, one way or another. A diverse and strong global community has been established.(Clark 60) Dr. Don Clark, clinical psychologist and university professor, boldly expresses his views on the changing nature of the gay and lesbian community in his text, Loving Someone Gay. Clark describes how far gay people have advanced in the last thirty years, moving from isolated and fearful existences to lives marked by political power and potential....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Essays]

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Discrimination Against Homosexuality

- Homosexuality is term to describe a person who is sexually attracted to those of the same gender. Homosexuality can be used to refer both gay and lesbian. Discrimination against homosexuality has been an important issue that has produced a number of victims and it is crucial to stop this unnecessary death. Although homosexuality might be considered a blasphemy in a religious point of view, discrimination against homosexuality can lead to bullying, depression and suicidal tendencies which is against humanity....   [tags: same gender, gays, lesbians]

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The Absent Father

- Parenting is an oddly cold, even generic, word. It is perhaps the product of a politically correct world, meant to encompass both "mothering" and "fathering (Grant)". Single parent means a person who has a dependent child or dependent children and who is widowed, divorced, or unmarried ("Single Parent."). The disruption of families has a harmful effect on the children. Single parenting is gradually taking over our society in terms of marriage. Single parenting has produced successful individuals but that does not mean they are not facing problems that needs the help of the society....   [tags: divorse, children, lesbians, gays]

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Homosexual and Religion

- The essay by Peter J. Gomes, entitled �Homophobic. Read Your Bible,� can be analyzed in many ways. The essay discusses the issue of homosexuality as it relates to religion. The Baptist minister provides an unexpected approach to the subject. Mr. Gomes�s thesis statement in this essay is, �The army of the discontented, eager for clear villains and simple solutions and ready for a crusade in which political self-interest and social anxiety can be cloaked in morality, has found hatred of homosexuality to be the last respectable prejudice of the century� (�Homophobic� 414)....   [tags: Gays and the Bible]

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Gay Marriage: California's Controversy

- The state of California hadn’t been faced with what makes a marriage until the nineteenth century. It was proposed that a man and a woman got married, and that was that, just as peanut butter went to jelly. It was a mindless fact for many. After centuries had past with this common thought, people with an attraction to the same-sex began to speak up about the inequalities. They wanted to be granted the same marriage rights as a man and a woman would, along with the ability to receive a marriage license verifying their commitment in their home state....   [tags: inequalities, rights, gays, secular, laws]

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Gay Marriage and Hawaii Sovereignty

- "Lesbian/gay work sits on a lily pad. The lily pad is the foundation, the Kanaka Maoli struggle: the beautiful pink flower is the lesbian/gay work." —Ku’umeaaloha Gomes (1) “It’s a big industry, the exotification of Hawaii and its people, making it into every white man’s paradise. It’s nice now that we have ownership of our own stories.” —Lois-Ann Yamanaka (2) Hawaii is arrival. To arrive in Hawaii is to follow all of history, one group at a time. To the Kanaka Maoli, the people who first traveled in ancient times across the ocean in canoes and small boats from Polynesia, Hawaii was the promised land....   [tags: Politics Political Gays Hawaii Essays]

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Mke-si-mume: Neocolonialism and Sexual Practice in Kenya

- Mke-si-mume: Neocolonialism and Sexual Practice in Kenya The Republic of Kenya, voted one of the top five hottest tourist attractions in the world and labeled as one of the most promising and developing third world countries in Africa. This beautiful country has been a source of major controversy and debate as it takes a step into the 21st century. The topic of discussion that has sparked such great interest ranging from the President of Kenya up until the United Nations is the subject of homosexuality....   [tags: Gay Gays Homosexuals Kenya Africa Essays]

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Domestic Partnerships Should be Legal

- On June 26, 2015, the US Supreme Court ruled that the US Constitution guarantees the right for same-sex couples to marry. Should gay marriages be legal. Clearly we as a nation are undecided on this issue. Gay rights groups are fighting for rights while religious groups are fighting against gay marriage. I do NOT believe it is fair to discriminate against gays for being together. America is a free country and people should be able to be in a relationship with whomever they desire....   [tags: Anti Gay Marriage, argumentative essay]

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The Gender Roles Of K Pop Groups

- ... In the pathological context, fans share perspective, wishful identification, and affinity by relating themselves with the artistes. Wonder Gays and Dee Kosh also share their perspective and identification by performing the identical dance. Without the liking of their artistes, it would not have happened. Thus, the pathological definition of fandom would also apply to Wonder Gays and Dee Kosh’s clips. However, according to De Kloet and Zoonen, fans more engage in social relationship with their artistes in the social-cultural context....   [tags: Culture, Sociology, Gender role, Gender]

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America Needs Gay Marriage and Same-sex Adoption

- Families gather together in their backyards to celebrate America’s birth and get ready to light fireworks. Children chatter excitedly to themselves as their fathers bring out the cases of fireworks bought from the local grocery store. Mothers talk among themselves, stirring their glasses of lemonade absently. This picture, so common in society, will sound unfamiliar to very few. Every year, on July 4th, Americans commemorate the birth of their prestigious country; yet a question arises as to whether or not they remember what they are truly celebrating....   [tags: Gay Rights, Lesbian Rights]

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Sexuality in the Military

- When the word homosexual is brought up it usually gets the attention of many. Gays have usually been considered physically unfit to fight in the military because of their feminine reputations. In reality, homosexuals have the same burning passion to fight for their country as heterosexuals do and should be able to while being open about their sexuality. Moreover, gay troops today do not earn the same right and protections as do their straight colleagues (O’Keefe). The people of this country may claim land of the free, but in reality the term free does not apply to everyone....   [tags: homosexuals in the barracks]

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Russian Homophobia: It Needs To Stop

- ... In 1933, Article 121 was added to the criminal code. Article 121 outlawed male homosexuality. There was no mention of female homosexuals. In 1936, Justice Commissar Nikolai Krylenko declared at the anti-gay law was aimed at "the remnants of enemies ... who do not wish to admit that they are doomed by history to finally concede their place to us." In 1958, the Interior Ministry sent a secret memo to the law enforcement, saying that they should enforce the anti-gay law more strictly. In 1991, a poll that was taken of Chelyabinsk reveled Russian thoughts on homosexuality....   [tags: lgbt community, homosexuality]

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In Favor of Gay Marriage

- In the twentieth century, America has undergone vast changes in family styles. Because of the increase in many gays and lesbians speaking out, we see a new emphasis on the word family. "Many gays and lesbians have decided to come out of the closet shaking up an issue that has made a ruckus between Americans" (Carey 2). We find that the Defense of Marriage Act states that marriage should be between one man and one woman for federal purposes; but is this fair. The United States was founded on the belief of equality, loyalty, and justice for all....   [tags: Homosexual Gay Lesbian Same Sex Ethics]

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Love And Marriage Go Together Like A Horse And Carriage

- Frank Sinatra sang the lyrics “love and marriage go together like a horse and carriage. You can’t have one without the other.” And this is unquestionably true. When two people are in love, they should be able to openly express their love in marriage. Nevertheless, some people do not have the right to be married. A love between two of the same sex should not be discriminated and endure the benefits of marriage that heterosexuals have. Same sex marriage has been a social issue since the late 1980s, when AIDS and HIV were first identified....   [tags: Homosexuality, Same-sex marriage]

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