Gay marriage, also known as same-sex marriage is defined as the union of two people of the same gender “Same-Sex Marriage: An Overview” ( Rich, Alex K., ). Today only forty-one percent believe that gay couples should be able to marry. The defense of marriage act gives the state the right to refuse same sex marriages, this was passed in 1966. June of 1977 fifty-six percent of American's voted that a person that was attracted to someone of the same sex was due to upbringing, thirteen percent voted that they are born gay, three percent thought same sex attraction was caused by both factors and fourteen percent said neither. In 1973 homosexuality was officially listed as a mental disorder.
Two-thirds of American's thought gay and lesbian couples should not have the same rights of heterosexual couples in 1999. May 2004 forty-nine percent of voters agreed same-gender couples that are in the civil union should have same the same rights as heterosexuals, and forty-eight percent opposed. The issue of gay marriage has been stirring controversy among the nation for some years. Previously considered a forbidden subject and only discussed within the gay community, the issue of gay marriage has made it to the forefront of relevance. Many states are currently allowing the verdict of the issue to be decided on by the voters.
Still, the gay community faces obstacles in their fight for equality. While the acceptance of gay marriages are increasing, homosexual couples who choose to marry still face issues unlike those of interracial couples in the past. Just like the interracial couples in the 1950s and 1960s, homosexuals have had to fight for their rights to marry the person of his or her choosing. There are laws dating back to the first existence of this country that prohibit miscegenation, or the marrying between different races. It was not until 1964 that the Anti-Miscegenation law was reversed and marriage between the races was legal. Interracial couples faced racism, hatred, and discrimination by society much like the gay community toady.
While interracial couples at this time enjoy the same rights that are afforded to any other married couple, the gay community is asking for the same rights. In 1978, the United States Supreme Court declared marriage to be "of fundamental importance to all individuals” (Zablocki v. Redhail 1978). The court also described marriage as "one of the basic civil rights of man" and "the most important relation in life” (International Lesbian and Gay Association, p1, 2008). The court also noted that "the right to marry is part of the fundamental right to privacy" in the U.S. Constitution” (Ed. Kate Burns, 2005).
When my aunt came out as a homosexual; I didn’t know much about it, but I would never have thought she would go through so much. People turned their backs on her because they didn’t agree with her life style. I didn’t know she had fears of being different or being made fun of. As I got older I learned that the saying...