The Fight for Gay Rights
Restrictions have been put in place on homosexuals’ basic human rights because of individuals’ opinions and lack of tolerance. America is a country where all people should have the same rights, regardless of sexual preference. Gay marriage is illegal in more than thirty states even yet today (ProQuest). Homosexual people have been struggling with their rights for over a hundred years now, but the issue still hasn’t been resolved.
Gay marriage and rights didn’t become a main focus for attention until the late 90’s and early 2000’s. In fact throughout the twentieth century it was illegal for two people originating from the same sexual orientation to speak or proceed with sexual acts together (Eskridge). Gay couples began requesting marriage licenses and the states in which they resided had no choice but to react. Most of the states amended their constitutions and laws to be against gay marriage, and that is where the battle began (Rauch). People began to become paranoid about gay people because of the strict laws that America had put in place against them. This stereotype, created decades ago, still affects gay people today, usually negatively (Eskridge). For example, it was actually illegal for openly gay members to participate in the United States Military for many years.
America was following Clinton’s Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Policy. It wasn’t until 2011, by the doings of Barack Obama, that the policy was lifted and homosexuals were allowed to be in the Military (Dunham). Why would gay individuals even want to fight in a country where they were told they weren’t good enough to protect America’s rights, rights that they themselves didn’t even posses? I feel it takes a big person to look past the hateful discrimination that the base of our country followed for centuries, and enlist. Preventing someone who wants to serve our country from doing so based solely on their sexual preference is un-American, because the Declaration of Independence states, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness..” (US 1776). Up until 2011 the United States Military basically ignored the Declaration, because prejudice dictated the unalienable rights are fathers founded our country on.
Gay marriage is one right that homosexuals are struggling to maintain. Gay marriage is only legal in a portion of the states in America today. The main argument against gay people being allowed to legally marry is religion. Marriage is a religious act and is referred to in the Bible. The Bible also states that “...you shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination,” (Leviticus 18:22). Therefore people that strongly follow the Bible often say that marriage is between a man and a woman because that is the way that God intended it; however, that also raises the fact that we live in the...