Equal Rights for the Gay Community

1430 words 6 pages
Jones International University

Equal Rights for the Gay Community

Dr. Craig Jonas
Submitted in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for
HUM201
Peace and Conflict Studies

By
Samantha Meche

Kinder, La
2/24/2012
Abstract

In this country there is a flawed assumption that gay people enjoy the same civil right protections as everyone else and there are a lot of stereotypes about gay relationships. Living as a gay individual in this country can be extremely overwhelming and scary. When it comes to marriage between gay couples, controversy is bound to turn up. There are numerous arguments as to why gay marriage is not “right” such as; it offends everything religion stands for, marriage is for procreation, and gay
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Although, There have been many breakthroughs for the gay community such as gay marriage is legal in 7 US states and 11 US states recognize civil unions and domestic partnerships. It is also a bit easier for gays in today’s society than 10 years ago but I believe that this country, along with the rest of the world, still have a long way to go. The ability for homosexuals and heterosexuals to coexist is slowly becoming a reality. With gay night clubs, gay pride parades, and the ILGA (International Gay and Lesbian Association) Public acceptance of same sex marriage has grown at an accelerating pace. Since the mid-90s, support for same-sex marriage has been growing by a couple of percentage points each year, according to polls by the Pew Research Center. Younger voters support legalizing same sex marriage considerably more than their elders, and the gradual shift in public acceptance occurred as younger people entered the voting population and the older ones died. (ILGA, 2011) In conclusion, I believe if society would just become a bit more open minded and compassionate that this conflict of gays vs. straights could become extinct. We have come a long way since the first discrimination of gays and we still have a long road but I am confident that we can coexist in harmony. Samantha Meche
Works Cited

Gilfoyle, N. F., & Sheehan, W. F. (2011). BRIEF OF THE AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGICAL

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