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Compare and Contrast Two Views of Gay Marriage - William Bennett, editor of The Book of Virtues and co-director of Empower America, responded to an article that Andrew Sullivan had written supporting gay marriage in America. Bennett started out by first issuing two key points as to what divides the proponents and opponents of same-sex marriages. The two articles are derived from Sibylle Gruber’s Constructing Others: Constructing Ourselves edition. Bennett notions that legalizing same-sex marriage would weaken the meaning of it and outlines what the basic concept of marriage is....   [tags: Compare Contrast Comparison Essays] 823 words
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Gay Men Should Be Allowed To Donate Blood - “A man who has had sex with another man within the last five years, whether oral or anal sex, with or without a condom or other form of protection, is not permitted to donate blood and must please not do so.” This was the statement issued last Thursday by a spokesman from the South African National Blood Service (SANBS). This statement had caused a huge dispute between the SANBS and the Gay and Lesbian Alliance (GLA) Every newspaper has headline after headline about this new topic, every news update on all radio stations, every news program on the television, everybody is talking about this latest disruption in our some-what peaceful lives....   [tags: essays research papers] 467 words
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Can God Love a Good Gay Guy? - Can God Love a Good Gay Guy. To begin my project, I’ll give you some of my background, so you can understand why the topic of Christianity and homosexuality is so relevant to me. I have been fortunate to be raised Christian with many family members who are regularly active within the church. We are members of the Fairland Brethren in Christ Church in Cleona. I have always felt very welcomed and loved by that Christian body, even during my younger years when I was dorky and rejected by many of my peers....   [tags: Homosexuality Religion Essays]
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Compare and Contrast Two Views of Gay Marriage - One of the most controversial issues around today is gay marriages. Many believe that the media is primly responsible for the idea of same-sex marriages, but when it all comes down to it there are really only two sides; those who support gay marriages, and those who oppose them. Two authors write their opinions on their opposite views on this issue. Sullivan (2002) supports same-sex marriages and believes marriage to be a universal right, not just restricted to heterosexuals. Contrary to Sullivan, Bennett (2002) believes that marriage is a sacred traditional family value that should be set aside for heterosexual couples....   [tags: Compare Contrast Comparison Essays]
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Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Issues - Homosexuality and the Media - Homosexuality and the Media       There are many different aspects of life that Americans are exposed to on television each day. Some examples are things such as violence, sex and alcohol and in today's more accepting society, the issue of alternative lifestyles. This issue was not as predominant ten years ago as it is today. Yes, for many years there have been sexual undertones in many popular television shows or movies, but it was not until recently that these actors and actresses were actually said to be living an alternative lifestyle....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics]
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The Stonewall Riots - Life for most homosexuals during the first half of the Twentieth century was one of hiding, being ever so careful to not give away their true feelings and predilections. Although the 1920s saw a brief moment of openness in American society, that was quickly destroyed with the progress of the Cold War, and by default, that of McCarthyism. The homosexuals of the 50s “felt the heavy weight of medical prejudice, police harassment and church condemnation … [and] were not able to challenge these authorities.” They were constantly battered, both physically and emotionally, by the society that surrounded them....   [tags: Gay History] 1946 words
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Gay and Lesbian Partners Deserve Health Benefits - In the United States today, one to twelve percent of the population is homosexual (Gilbert, 17). In recent years, gay men, lesbians and bisexuals have been fighting long and hard to get the same rights and benefits as their heterosexual counterparts. Now, employers and health care providers are being forced to listen to their cries for equality. Should employers offer health benefits for domestic partners of gay employees. This question is forcing society to think about, and possibly change, what their definition of couple/family truly means....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Essays] 1762 words
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Discrimination Against Gay Marriage is the Voice of Ignorance - Discrimination Against Gay Marriage is the Voice of Ignorance Marriage is one of the fundamental establishments of the United States. As a young person, one looks forward to many goals in their lifetime: career success, a good life, and very often marriage to the person they love and a family together. This is one of the biggest parts of our "American life" and culture. Very few heterosexuals would be willing to put their right to marry on a ballot for voter approval, or even in their wildest dreams [nightmares?] have to consider doing that....   [tags: Papers] 1435 words
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Gay Rights: All Men are Created Equal - Gay Rights Every family has one, the uncle that always brings fat and ignorant women home for Christmas. No one approves, yet no one says anything. Why, because it is his life. No one has the right to judge him simply by whom he dates or doesn’t date. Just because he likes fat women, does that mean he deserves fewer rights. Of course not, no one would ever try and take any away from him. How is that any different from the aunt that brings home another woman for Thanksgiving. How can she be discriminated upon simply because of whom she is dating....   [tags: Papers] 294 words
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Gay Rights: A Logical Progression of the Civil Rights Movement - “Even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed – ‘we hold these truths to be self evident that all men are created equal’.” -Martin Luther King Jr. The Civil Rights movement may have started out as a mission to improve the lives of the large population of African-Americans, but who would have guessed that King’s quest for racial integration would provoke the same quest for individual rights by another group of people, Gays and Lesbians....   [tags: The LGBT Rights Movement] 1582 words
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I Am Poor and Gay...and I Will Practice Law - I Am Poor and Gay...and I Will Practice Law One of the few things I remember about my childhood is my mother's beige linen suit. It was her "best" suit, and she wore it to work for years. The more it faded and frayed, the more it became a symbol to me of our poverty, and the more I hated it. Being poor made me feel like a second-class person. We never really outgrew the poverty; I just left it to go to college. By my second year, I was working up to fifty hours a week to support myself....   [tags: Law College Admissions Essays] 1026 words
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Essay on the Gay as a Literary Figure in The Picture of Dorian Gray - The Gay as a Literary Figure in The Picture of Dorian Gray           This paper shall explore the gay as a literary figure based on Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray. The aim of the essay is threefold. Firstly, to show how the gay is related to two of the most potent archetypal images: those of Dionysos and Apollo. Secondly, to demonstrate that the Wildean gay is profoundly afraid of life, and that his interest in form and aesthetic proportion rests on a principle of "evasion." Thirdly, to contend that the humor in this novel, and by extension also in Wilde's plays, is a symptom of the author's fascination with an archetypal "gay." The Picture of Dorian Gray revolves around Dori...   [tags: Picture Dorian Gray Essays]
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Comparing Two Views of Gay Marriage in America - Marriage, by definition, is the institution whereby men and women are joined in a special kind of social and legal dependence for the purpose of founding and maintaining a family. In today’s society however, things are changing. People of all genders are forming bonds with one another, and homosexuals are vying for the right to have their love established as marriage as well. Should men and men, and women and women, be allowed the right of marriage just like heterosexual couples in America....   [tags: Compare Contrast Comparison Essays] 767 words
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Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Issues - Same-Sex Marriages - Same-Sex Marriages Currently in the United States there has been much debate over the controversy surrounding the legalization of same-sex marriages. There are many people who are opposed and feel it is morally and ethically wrong and others who feel that same-sex marriages are acceptable. Prior to writing about this topic I had no strong feelings toward or against the issue on same-sex marriages. After researching and finding out more information on the topic, I became in favor of allowing those of the same-sex to have there marriages legalized....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics] 1305 words
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Same Sex Marriage - I was about 7 years old when I was exposed to same sex couples. I had two really close friends in elementary school who has same sex parents, one of my friend’s name was Devin she had two dads and my other friend’s name was Tessa, she had two moms. When I would come over for playdates I always wondered why Devin didn’t have a mom and why Tessa didn’t have a dad, and thats when they told me their parents were homosexuals. At the age of 7 I didn’t understand what that meant until one day at school when Tessa was getting bullied because she had two moms and one of her moms came to father daughter day....   [tags: gay rights] 889 words
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Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Issues - Courage and Homosexual Desires - Essays - Courage and Homosexual Desires Persons with homosexual desires have always been with us, however up to recent times, there has been little if any outreach in the way of support groups or information. Most were left to work out their path to chastity on their own. Many found they were unable to do this and folded to the pressures of the increasingly secular society opting to act on their desires in gay circles. Choosing this direction locked them into a way of life that does not bring benefit to one's existence....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Essay Examples] 704 words
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Gay and Lesbian Issues - Gender Identity in Gumby's Adventures - Gay and Lesbian Issues - Gender Identity in Gumby's Adventures When Jerry Falwell's conservative paper "outted" Tinky-Winky (the purple Teletubby) as being gay, fans of the Teletubbies television series usually fell into two camps: those who supported Tinky-Winky as a positive gay character and those who maintain Tinky-Winky has no developed sexual identity. A few unfamiliar with the BBC/PBS show asked the question, "how can you even tell if Tinky-Winky's male?" Brushed off by most fans as a naive inquiry, this concern does merit discussion....   [tags: Exploratory Essays Research Papers]
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Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Issues - The Struggle of Sexual Minorities - The Struggle of Sexual Minorities Explaining how to challenge the discriminatory attitudes that remain rampant throughout the world, Mary Robinson, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, in a recent article, quotes the incisive words of Archbishop Desmond Tutu: "We are all of equal worth, born equal in dignity and born free and for this reason deserving respect. . . . We belong in a world whose very structure, whose essence, is diversity almost bewildering in extent, and it is to live in a fool's paradise to ignore this basic fact." The archbishop's words lay bare an essential, wonderful truth about humanity, ignorance of which continues to create suffering for people everywhere....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics] 713 words
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Historical Impact of The Stonewall Riots in Stonewall - Historian David Carter, provides an intriguing in-depth look into the historical impact of the Stonewall Riots in Stonewall: The Riots that Sparked the Gay Revolution. This engaging book adds to the genre of sexual orientation discrimination. Carter extensively analyzes the various factors that played a role in igniting the Stonewall riots and the historical impact that the riots had on the Gay Revolution and movement for gay equality. Through the use of interviews, newspapers, and maps, Carter argues that the riots were a product of many geographical, social, political, and cultural factors....   [tags: david carter, gay revolution, gay equality]
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Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Issues - Homosexuality is Abnormal and Immoral - Homosexuality is Abnormal and Immoral      Of all topics most popular in today's media, issues concerning homosexuals and homosexuality in general top the list. Homosexuality is generally defined as a sexual relationship between partners of the same sex. Debate concerning its causes and consequences has been going on for many centuries and almost in every period in human history. However, never before in human history has it been granted such wide scale acceptance in western society as it has now....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics]
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Gay and Lesbian Issues - The Nazi Extermination of Homosexuals - Gay and Lesbian Issues - The Nazi Extermination of Homosexuals The Holocaust is the greatest atrocity ever committed. Millions upon millions of people were ruthlessly tortured and executed during the infamous reign of the Third Reich. The events and conditions surrounding Adolf Hitler’s rise to power have been extensively studied by historians, sociologists, political scientists, and psychologists in the hopes of preventing this state of merciless dictatorship from ever recurring. Due to the immensity of the Nazi campaign against those of the Jewish faith, that ethnic group is most often mentioned in association with the concentration camps and exterminations of the Third Reich....   [tags: World War II History]
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Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Issues - Same-sex Marriage - Same-sex Marriage The argument of same-sex marriage is important, not only for the religious and legal precedent, but because the welfare of families, especially the interest of children now and in the future, may be profoundly affected by the proposals before Hawaii's courts and the state legislature relating to same-sex marriage. Marriage is a unique practice, in that it is both a religious sacrament and legal registration controlled by the state. For the time being, marriage is defined by "84% of the population as the union of two people of the opposite sex" (Johnson p.49)....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Essay Examples] 2169 words
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Homosexual Rights Concerning Adoption - Gay couples should be able to adopt because they deserve to be happy as well as any other person. According to author Pascoe Watson he states “Gay couples will have to prove they have an enduring relationship with the children to know the children will be happy” (Pascoe- Watson, George p. 3). Just like any other person their relationship with their children will mature, and will soon be able to have that love and caring affection, just like any other mother and father would provide to their children....   [tags: homosexual couples, gay adoption, gay rights]
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Same Sex Marriage Controversy in the United States - In a very real sense, it is reasonable to argue that the government should have no say at all in the processes of marriage, or decide which adults may or may not legally marry. State and federal governments play a role, of course, in that marriage is a civil union, and provides benefits and legal protections for the couple. Historically, marriage serves the interests of the society by promoting stability and future generations of citizens, and governments usually act in ways to promote this very vital element....   [tags: gay marriage, gay rights, tenth amendment]
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A Discussion of Same-Sex Marriage - The topic of same-sex marriage, or gay marriage, is extremely divisive in today's society. This paper will address some of the issues surrounding gay marriage. Many in favor of same-sex marriage suggest that gay couples should have the same marital benefits as heterosexual couples, which is simply a civil rights issue. In contrast, those against same-sex marriage see this concept as a moral matter, which violates traditional ethical standards. Since the beginning of time, most cultures have acknowledged marriage a unity between men and women....   [tags: controversial gay marriage]
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The Right to Same Sex Marriage - Gay Rights Gay people are criticized in many ways by many people depending on where there live and where they come from. “But same sex marriage is a reality; it’s here to stay and it will eventually become the law of the land”, said Sue Hyde (Hyde). We have come a long way since the first state legalized same-sex marriage; however; we still have a long ways to go (SV; conj. adv. SV). The Gay Rights Movement has been growing a lot lately, but that doesn’t mean gay couples have equal rights. The Gay Rights Movement has been a big focus since the 1990s (The American Gay Rights Movement)....   [tags: gay rights, LGBT]
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Same Sex Parenting is Just as Effective as Straight Parenting - ... “Not a single study has found children of lesbian or gay parents to be disadvantaged in any significant respect relative to children of heterosexual parents.”(Jennifer Marshall) “The worlds largest study of same-sex parenting to date finds that some children are even more healthier than their peers.” (Jase Peeples) In fact, most children raised by gay parents tend to be more open-minded and accept full of others. Many people had many questions about gay parenting. For example if two males adopt a girl, how would they explain puberty to her....   [tags: gay parents, sexuality]
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Testing Makes Us Stronger Campaign Against HIV - HIV is a devastating and deadly virus that affects 1.1 million Americans annually (CDC, 2010). The hardest hit group is that of gay or bisexual black males. The “Testing Makes Us Stronger” campaign was implemented August 15, 2011 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in response to this need for awareness and prevention in the black gay and bisexual male community. From 2006-2009, the number of infected black bisexual and gay men increased by 48% (CDC.gov, 2006-2009) showing an increased need for education and prevention as well access to HIV/AIDS testing in the community in order to reduce the occurrence of HIV among black gay and bisexual males....   [tags: awareness campaign, gay, bisexuals]
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Civil Unions Should Have the Same Status as Marriage - Gay people hear the government talk about civil unions and domestic partnerships everyday being equal to marriage, and that is just completely observed. The gay community is being feed lies. As far as I'm concerned marriage doesn't exist in the gay community. Unfortunately marriage is only recognized between a man and a women. In fact there are states that try recognize same sex relationships, but we do not enjoy the same rights as a hereto married couple at the state level. We are not aloud to make decisions for our partners in life threatening events....   [tags: Gay Marriage, argumentative, persuasive] 956 words
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Legalization of Homosexual Marriage - Most people believe that they deserve the rights they are granted by the government. An upstanding citizen who pays their taxes, serves their community and abides by the law should be afforded the rights of an American. However, not all citizens are afforded equal rights. Gay and lesbians are constantly denied rights that are typically taken for granted by the average American. Specifically, gay and lesbians couples are denied the right to marry even if they are upstanding citizens. They are held at an unfair disadvantage simply because of their sexual orientation....   [tags: gay community, equal rights, gay marriage]
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Do Not Stigmatize Same-Sex Marriages as Inferior by Not Legalizing These Unions - ... They based this on the reasoning that "the dissimilitude between the terms `civil marriage' and `civil union' is not innocuous; it is a considered choice of language that reflects a demonstrable assigning of same-sex, largely homosexual, couples to second-class status." Massachusetts became the first state in the United Sates to legalize gay marriage. Gay marriages can also provide financial profit to state and local governments. The revenue collected from gay marriages comes from none other than marriage licenses, higher income taxes (the "marriage penalty"), and decreases in costs for state benefit programs....   [tags: religious, gay, civil rights] 1229 words
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The Influence of the Stonewall Riots - Twenty two days before we put a man on the moon an arguably even bigger more historic moment in history happened. A battle against an oppression of people a battle for civil rights waged between a corrupt police and citizens fighting for their basic natural right the right to love one another. In the early parts of the ante meridiem a riot took place in Greenwich Village, New York City between a members of police raid and members of the gay community. The event was dubbed the Stonewall Riots because it started at the Stonewall Inn....   [tags: gay rights, raids, demonstrations] 659 words
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Why Shouldn’t Tommy and Jim Have Sex? An Essay by John Corvino - ... By this he means that society condemns sexuality that does not aid in assisting what natural law theorists find most important, reproduction. However, he disputes that non-reproductive homosexual relationships are immoral and unnatural, because the Catholic Church allows sex with sterile, pregnant and menopausal people. Each of these factors are not condemned as immoral by society even if they are indeed misusing the natural function of the organs. Corvino connects this argument about inconsistency’s to describe how homosexuality does not harm the self or others....   [tags: gay sex, morality, natural] 849 words
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Sexual Orientation: Is it Innate or a Learned Behavior? - Sexual Orientation: Is it Innate or a learned behavior. The most controversial and researched topic in science today is the argument whether sexual orientation in humans is innate or a learned behavior. Scientist are even conducting research and studies to see if there is something called a “gay-gene” that could be affecting us during the stages of Mitosis. Sexuality is something humans cannot control, the debate between nature vs. nurture sides whether you were born this way or was it the way you were raised....   [tags: homosexuality, gay-gene, twins] 746 words
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Pros and Cons of Same-Sex Marriage - What is Marriage. According to Cornell University Law School, the definition of marriage is “The lawful union of a couple as spouses. The basic elements of a marriage are: (1) the parties' legal ability to marry each other, (2) mutual consent of the parties, and (3) a marriage contract as required by law.” This definition states that marriage is essentially a contract between two people. Nowhere in this definition does it state that the marriage has to be between a man and a woman. However, the Merriam-Webster dictionary definition of marriage is “(1) : the state of being united to a person of the opposite sex as husband or wife in a consensual and contractual relationship recognized by l...   [tags: gay rights and unions]
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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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Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Issues - Same-sex Marriage Laws Violate Gay Rights - Laws Violate Gay Rights When I was in third grade, I learned that there are certain "inalienable rights"-- the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness -- all of which the United States government is committed to protecting for every human. Last week, I learned this government feels that these human rights are limited to some people, based on how they choose to practice sex. In two separate legislations last week, the United States Senate sanctioned discrimination against homosexual Americans....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics] 814 words
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Marry the One You Love - Introduction Gay is defined as “pertaining to, or exhibiting sexual desire or behavior directed toward a person or persons of one's own sex.” Or in other words; a man and a man, or a woman and a woman, loving each other like a man and a woman typically would. Naturally, as a man and a woman would want to do when they love each other, gay couples have been getting married. However, not everyone agrees with the gay’s lifestyle; in both government and religions, the gay lifestyle has been banned. As a matter of fact, the gay community has seen a lot of discrimination over the past few years during their “equal rights” campaign, such as hate crimes, and a lack of equal employment opportunities....   [tags: gay, sex, discrimination] 640 words
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Homosexuality and the Existence of Discrimination - Homosexuality is most commonly defined as a person who has a sexual attraction to someone of the same sex. To many gay men and lesbians it means much more than just a sexual attraction. It means being able to have a loving relationship with the person they choose based on their beliefs and for some the right to have this love legally acknowledged through the institution of marriage. As with many minority groups, the one thing they all have in common is to be able to live their life free from hatred and discrimination....   [tags: history and gay rights]
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Legal in Unlikely Places Essay - A same sex couple holding hands walking down the sidewalk is typically not seen as absurd. In today’s generation homosexuality is becoming normalized more and more each day. It is not odd if we find out our cousin is gay or our best girl friend is bringing a girl as a date the dance. The stigma against this type of partnership has been dwindling which starts to put same sex couples on the same level as heterosexuals. With the growing number of homosexuals it raises the issue of legalizing gay marriage....   [tags: gay rights analysis] 991 words
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Same-sex Parents in Custody Cases - When considering the word “family”, many people think of “Mom+Dad+2.5 children”--the nuclear family of television sitcom. However, this definition of family is a new interpretation that fit the rapid housing expansion of the Cold War years in the Western world. Conservatives have often decried the breakdown of this definition of family as a primary reason for their opposition to same sex marriage. As this was the predominant family structure for a lengthy period of time, most family law decisions have been written with this paradigm in mind, defining a husband/wife relationship as the norm....   [tags: Gay Marriage and Custodial law ]
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Causes and Factors of Homosexuality - ... Sooner and later the son would wish he could be more like his father. This desire leads the son to idolize other boys have all the characteristics he believes that he is lacking. When he gets older, the feeling changes from idolizing to thirsting for being close with men, which means to be attracted to them. The son hopes that having a sexual relationship with a man he perceives to will make him feel whole (Mantyla 2). What’s more, unusual sexual experience may lead to preference to the feeling and behavior of being homosexual....   [tags: sin, exoteric, biological, gay]
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The Issue of Same-sex Marriage - ... The definition for same sex marriage it is stated as ‘a relationship like that of a traditional marriage’ what already implies that is wasn’t ‘normal’ before and the traditional marriage is an example to follow. It is a great thing to legalise marriage and for example in the United States of America this happened in 17 of the 50 states already. Also the 18th state already joined, Utah in December 2013, and more than 900 same-sex marriages took place in Utah immediately after allowing. But on January 6, 2014, “the United States Supreme Court stayed the ruling pending further appeals” (Wikipedia, 2014)....   [tags: gay marriage, ethical dilemma]
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The Right to Sexuality - Imagine if you were mistreated, abused or even murdered by your government and its people, purely due to the fact that your sexual orientation is not considered normal. Gay and transgender people are denied many of the basic liberties that we take for granted. In many countries across the world this is the plight of homosexual and transgender people, as they struggle for their Right to Sexuality. The Right to Sexuality is expressed as, “Every woman, man, youth and child has the human right to freedom of sexual orientation....   [tags: netherlands, gay, transgender] 1493 words
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Attitudes Towards Same-sex Families - It is a recent move for social scientists into the realm of same-sex studies including but not limited to same-sex health, marriage, and families. With evident growing popularity within national and international newspapers and television news casts, recent studies have proven to show that there is something to say about all three and the results are shocking to some, if not most. With there being so many social stigmas around what is means to be a homosexual, or in other terms, gay or lesbian, recent scholars have tried to find evidentiary support for or against these stigmas....   [tags: Gay Families Essays] 2475 words
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The Ellen DeGeneres Show - "I think what saved me is being honest. I think I somehow had the courage to do something and to say something that I knew would possibly end my career. Instead of making business more important, I made my soul and my life more important. And I think by being truthful, and being honest, that saved me"- Ellen DeGeneres . Ellen DeGeneres, well-known for her humorous talk-show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, is not just any comedian; she is defiantly one of most inspiring and touching key figures in the world....   [tags: comedian, gay's equality]
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Believer in Same-Sex Marriage - Same-sex marriage is a marriage between two people of the same gender. Being born into a more liberal generation, I was taught that anyone should be entitled to be with whom they want to. It is only obvious that I am strongly in favor of same-sex marriages to be legal. I am a strong believer for equality and people’s rights. Gay couples should have access to the same benefits that heterosexual couples do and prohibiting gay marriage is unconstitutional discrimination. Same-sex couples should be allowed to publicly celebrate their commitment in the same way heterosexual couples do....   [tags: gay, discriminiation, relationships] 558 words
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The Same Sex Marriage Debate - The Same Sex Marriage Debate The controversial debate over whether same sex marriage should be legalized has gained a lot of attention in recent years and there are strong arguments for each side of the issue. There are many different factors that must be looked at when considering same-sex marriage. A marriage is not something that is just slapped on a piece of paper to show a couple's love; it involves legal, social, economic, and spiritual issues. Throughout this essay, I intend to focus on all of the issues just mentioned, and how all of these issues are interrelated in some way, shape or form....   [tags: Gay Marriage ]
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Causes of Homosexuality - Nature AND Nuture - Many people cannot understand why anyone would want to get involved in homosexual activity. There are many arguments about homosexuality whether is by nature or nurture. Before we make judgments on homosexuality, we need to identify the causes of homosexuality. Homosexuality is caused by genetic, biological and environmental factors. The first possible cause of homosexuality is genetic factors. Homosexuality is a trait from birth (Buchanan, 2000). Studies found that identical twins share many common traits....   [tags: Gay Lesbian] 551 words
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