Growing up in a heterosexual neighborhood, gay couples were not something that you came across every day as you do in today’s time. At the age of 22, Dawn was introduced to her first gay couple, Mike and Thomas. They were friends of her husband. She had never known a gay couple before or even a gay person. It was extremely strange and uncomfortable for Dawn to be in the presence of two gay men. It was nothing out of the ordinary at first. To Dawn, it was just like two men living together as roommates until they kissed. Dawn felt like she was invading on their privacy as she sat and watched them kiss. She quickly turned her head so she would not be intruding. Now, Dawn is extremely close to Mike and Thomas. She claims them to be some of her best friends. They have shared many life experiences together; their children have grown up together. Over the years that have past, Dawn has come to realize how unfair it was for her to be married to the love of her life. When two people who love each other just as much could not have, their love recognized in the court as hers is.
Years have passed since that first day she was introduced to her first gay couple. Seven years to be exact, Mike, Thomas, Dawn and her husband are still very close friends to this day. She is extremely glad that day happen in her life because her life has been enriched with two of the most awesome men. Dawn will know or ever know. Dawn hopes one day that every state will recognize same-sex marriages as not something to frowned upon but something that will make our country thrive. Dawn hopes in writing this paper it makes some people change their minds on same-sex marriages.
Gay and lesbians face as many challenges as minorities if not more. The civil rights of minorities are more protected by the law than the rights of gays or lesbians. Minorities have the right to marry, adopt children, & make medical decisions for the partner. Heterosexuals who have been living together for a specific years can be declared to have a ‘common law’ marriage. Common law marriages are not honored to homosexuals who fall under the same situation. The first efforts to secure state recognition of homosexual relationships in the United States occurred in the 1970s (D’ Emilio). Ministers of the Metropolitan Community Church, organized in 1968, had begun performing wedding for their members. The Metropolitan Community Church is a church for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer spiritual community grounded in the Christian tradition, affirming and exploring many paths to God. It is the first “gay church” in the United States that will thrive and found branches in many other U.S. cities (Kranz and Cusick). The August 1970 issue of The Advocate proclaimed that America was experiencing a “gay marriage boom.”
During the early 1970s, close to a dozen homosexual couples across the country applied at their local city clerk’s office, which they were denied. Lawsuits were...