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Why Black Churches Oppose Gay Marriage - The topic that Keith Boykin brings up is the issue that the Black community, black ministers and churches specifically, do not support same sex marriages. He addresses the hypocrisy he sees in this, as the black community was once the group fighting for equality. According to Boykin, blacks don’t support gay marriage rights for two reasons. Blacks only see images and representations from the gay white community, so they don’t feel like it involves them. There is not many people in the black community that are openly gay in their churches, so the community is lacking a face of their own to tie the issue to....   [tags: Same Sex Marriage Essays] 607 words
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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 Marriage - A large majority of people in the United States will say that they are in favor of equal rights for homosexuals. They will all agree that homosexuals should have the same rights in housing, jobs, public accommodations, and should have equal access to government benefits, equal protection of the law, and other rights granted to US citizens. However, when the topic of marriage arises, all the talk of equality ceases. Over fifty percent of all people in the United States oppose homosexual marriage, despite the fact that most are otherwise supportive of homosexual rights....   [tags: Same-Sex Marriage Essays] 1310 words
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The Defense of Marriage Act Violates the Civil Liberties of Same Sex Couples - Marriage is the religious and legal commitment between two people, as well as the ultimate expression of love. However, marriages between same sex couples are not recognized by the federal government due to the Defense of Marriage Act. In essence, their civil right to be married is withheld from them. The Christian majority's influence in federal policy and lawmaking is one of the foremost reason why same-sex marriage has continually failed to gain long term acceptance in the United States. Same-sex unions have come to the forefront of American politics in the last couple of decades, but history has shown that it is a longstanding issue....   [tags: gay studies, gay marriage, argumentative] 949 words
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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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Same-Sex Marriage Should NOT be Legalized - Marriage. We celebrate it, sometimes mourn it, and even argue vehemently over it. Well, that is just what is happening today. No one can agree when it comes to the rights of marriage. Same-sex couples claim it is an unalienable right for them to marry. Opposite-sex couples get married on Friday and divorce on Monday. So what is the big issue. The hot topic these days seems to be the highly controversial issue of same-sex marriage. Should it be legalized. No. Same-sex marriage should not be legalized due to its harmful effects on societal order, the Constitution, and traditional religious values....   [tags: Anti Gay Marriage]
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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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Same-Sex Marriage Should be Legal - Marriage is assumed by United States citizens to be a basic human right. When asked, a child will usually say that yes, they do plan to one day be happily married. As we grow older, we realize that it is not that simple; that there are many stigmas placed on “nontraditional” marriages. Throughout the history of the United States, minorities have had to battle for their right to marry whomever they choose. Interfaith, interracial, and same-sex couples have discovered the hard way that the same “natural” rights are not granted to all citizens....   [tags: Gay Marriage Essays]
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Trends in Family Formation Supporting Same Sex Marriage - Trends in family formation are crucial in determining the kind of families that will exist in future generations. It is fact that the father- mother kind of families that have existed for many generations maintained over the years due to the belief that they were the ideal type of family set up. However, the trends in family formation today are changing as a growing number of families are experiencing several challenges such as divorce, single parent situations, financial problems, legal battles over custody and wealth and infidelity, among other challenges....   [tags: Homosexuality, argumentative, gay marriage]
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An Argument For Gay Marriage -   The Supreme Court of the United States ruled that the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage. Yet, same-sex marriage continues to be a highly debated issue that leaves our society searching for answers. As a child, I was brought up in a Christian home, where Christian ethics and values were instilled in me. I was always taught that you should obey your parents and God, that you should not lie, cheat, or steal, and that God was always watching you; I was also taught that homosexuality was wrong....   [tags: Persuasive Essays, Argumentative Essay] 739 words
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A Celebration of Freedoms - Same sex marriage is an ongoing and heated debate in America. Many states face the issue daily in legislature, and eventually in the courtrooms as well. In the interest of civil liberties and the rights of each individual the question being asked is, “Should the traditional laws of marriage be broadened to add gay unions?” Churches are torn apart with the influx of new denominations and ministers who support and encourage gay parishioners. Some are struggling to hold onto old values and standards of living, while others are standing by waiting to be allowed to celebrate life with their loved ones....   [tags: Gay Marriage] 1065 words
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A Critique of Thomas B. Stoddard’s Gay Marriages: Make Them Legal - Thomas B. Stoddard’s “Gay Marriages: Make Them Legal” is a successfully written argument with some minor flaws in technique. Stoddard uses this article to present his major claim, or central thesis, on the reasons gay marriage should be legalized. He presents his argument using minor claims. In a lecture on February 2, 2005, James McFadden stated a minor claim is the secondary claim in an argument. Stoddard uses minor claims in his discussion of homosexual people being denied their rights by the government and by others who discriminate against them....   [tags: Gay Marriage Essays]
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Lesbian and Gay Couples Should be Allowed to Marry - "The freedom to marry is a basic human right that belongs to each individual--not the state. The government should not be in the position of arranging our marriages,"(Matt Coles). Gay marriages are presently illegal in the United States. This prohibition is a blatant form of discrimination, carried forth through our legal system. No government should be able to prohibit anyone from legally declaring his or her love. Discrimination against a particular group of people because of race, color or religion is prohibited by our nation's constitution....   [tags: Gay Marriage Essays]
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The Issues of Gay and Same-Sex Marriage - According to the OED online, "Bigot" is defined as a noun that refers to one who is a superstitious adherent of a religion or to any religious hypocrite. The origin of "Bigot" is unknown, but its first usage as a noun is traced back to fourth century, when it was a common name among Germanic people (Browman). At present, "begot" evolved as a belittling term used commonly by majority of Americans to indicate one who is narrow-minded person or one who is intolerant to the opinions or beliefs of others'....   [tags: bigot, religion, discrimination] 964 words
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Gay Marriage and Hawaii Sovereignty - "Lesbian/gay work sits on a lily pad. The lily pad is the foundation, the Kanaka Maoli struggle: the beautiful pink flower is the lesbian/gay work." —Ku’umeaaloha Gomes (1) “It’s a big industry, the exotification of Hawaii and its people, making it into every white man’s paradise. It’s nice now that we have ownership of our own stories.” —Lois-Ann Yamanaka (2) Hawaii is arrival. To arrive in Hawaii is to follow all of history, one group at a time. To the Kanaka Maoli, the people who first traveled in ancient times across the ocean in canoes and small boats from Polynesia, Hawaii was the promised land....   [tags: Politics Political Gays Hawaii Essays] 4376 words
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Same Sex Marriage Should NOT Be Allowed - Marriage is legally defined as, a contract made in due form of law, by which a free man and a free woman reciprocally engage to live with each other during their joint lives, in the union which ought to exist between husband and wife. Many liberals argue that gay marriage should be legal in the United States. In the following essay I will attempt to argue why marriage between the same sexes is immoral and unjust. The first point I will talk about is how marriage is a traditional bond between a man and a woman....   [tags: Essays on Gay Marriage]
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Same Sex Marriage Should be Legalized - Every little girl dreams of her wedding day, and many can even be seen dressing up, putting pillow cases on their heads and pretending that they are actually walking down that long aisle towards the one they love. As these little girls grow up, some of them, as well as some little boys . who may not play dress up, but have equal aspirations of marriage when they grow up . will be faced with the harsh reality that this illustrious day may never come to pass for them. The reason is not that they will be unable to find someone with whom they want to spend their lives, but that whom they have chosen is unacceptable to society because they happen to be of the same sex....   [tags: Gay Marriage 2014]
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America Needs Same-Sex Marriage and Families - In the state of Massachusetts, same sex marriage has been legal since 2004 and thousands of people have had the right to marry their partners. Although it was a long and difficult process, gay and lesbian couples no longer have to face marriage discrimination in Massachusetts due to their sexual orientation. However, many couples are still barred from this process through other individual state amendments. While it has been difficult to research the exact side effects of same sex marriage, a predominant result has arisen: “there seems to be no appreciable difference between children brought up in stable homosexual homes and those brought up in stable heterosexual ones” (Sullivan 239)....   [tags: Gay Marriage, Lesbian 2014]
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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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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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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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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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Same-Sex Marriage - The legality of gay marriage is a hot topic for many reasons. Traditionally marriage has been known as a legal bond between a man and a woman. Times have changed since those days. More and more people are coming out of the closet everyday. There are more gay people today than there ever have been and that number is only increasing. Marriage is a way for two people to show their commitment towards each other, so it should not matter what their gender or sexual orientation is. Marriage is just one way for two people to show their love for another....   [tags: gay marriage, discrimination, sexual orientation]
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Gay Rights: Homosexuals Deserve the same Rights as Heterosexuals - Homosexual people do not want to have special privileges. They just want to have the same rights as heterosexuals, nothing more, and nothing less. Homosexuals are a growing minority with nearly a million gays and lesbians identifying themselves as members of same-sex couples in the 2000 census. But the total gay population is much larger, since the census didn’t provide an opportunity for single homosexuals to identify their sexual orientation, and didn’t count gay couples who live apart (Mason 1)....   [tags: Gay Lesbian Marriage]
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Same-Sex Marriage - Gay marriage is a commonly debated topic in America today. Some Christians despise the idea of gay marriage, while some atheists think banning true love is wrong. Christians typically promote love and acceptance of everyone. However, most Christians do not approve of gay marriage because of religious reasons. Although Atheists do not feel that they answer to a higher authority, most atheists still feel compassion for their fellow American’s who are persecuted. Conservative Christians are scared of change and allowance of sin because in the Bible there was a city destroyed for the sin that took place there....   [tags: atheism, christianity, gay marriage, homosexuality]
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Comparing Two Views of Gay Marriage - In their works “Let Gays Marry,” by Andrew Sullivan and “Leave Marriage Alone,” by William Bennett, they both talk about the subject of same sex marriages. They both believe that marriage is based off of tradition. However, they debate on if these marriages should be allowed and if they are proper. Sullivan goes on to prove he believes same sex marriages are proper because traditionally it is based off of the principle of love. Bennett proves his point by saying that the conventional ways are the tradition....   [tags: Compare Contrast Comparison Essays]
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The Case Against Passing a Law or Bill that Would Allow Gay Marriage - America was founded on the ideals of freedom. Written into the first amendment of the constitution is the basic right to freedom of speech, press, protest, and religion. However, where does one draw the line to how far these freedoms can go. Are they limitless, or should they be regulated. In reality, the regulation of these freedoms is necessary, otherwise they could be interpreted and used in many different ways that are potentially detrimental. The main complication is how far to let these rights stretch, and when they must be cut off....   [tags: homosexual rights, legislation]
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America Needs Gay and Lesbian Marriage -                         Same-sex marriage--why is it even an issue ?  To put it into perspective, 10% of the American population is homosexual, meaning this is not just a minor issue (Harbinger 681).  Also, with our society making significant strides toward equality in recent decades both in gender and racial issues, one has to think about sexual equality.  I will explain to the reader why we should legalize gay marriage, particularly in terms of justice and the benefits society reaps from same-sex marriage.  Also, the ramifications of the legalization of gay marriage, both for gays and society, will be examined.  Finally, I will refute arguments against same-sex marriage....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Essays]
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Marriage is a Sacred Union between Man and Woman - Marriage is Sacred Marriage has always been a sacred agreement between a man and a woman. This definition was written in the Bible and sanctified by God. Our country was founded on the principles of the Bible and therefore should not support an action, such as legalizing gay marriage, which goes against our founding beliefs. When it comes to the issue of gay marriage, Americans have many different views. Research shows that the majority of Americans oppose gay marriage, but when it comes to deciding who should make the laws, Americans are split in half (Bayles 6)....   [tags: Gay Marriage Homosexuality Religion Essays]
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The Religious Right and its Influences on American Politics - By exploring the Religious Right, its foundation, purposes, and influences can be gleaned. Although it is currently commonly referenced, the Religious Right as a concept can be traced back to the earliest decades of the 20th century. Once the introduction of evolutionism teaching in schools and freedom of sexual information became ostensibly common, the earliest forces that would turn to be the Religious Right emerged. Conservative Christian values and general morality were no longer considered to be a regular part of American life....   [tags: activists, organizations, gay marriage]
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America the Free: A Battle for Equality - INTRODUCTION Is it religious reasoning or personal disgust. Whatever it is, the issue of gay rights seems to stir controversy no matter where the topic arises. As American people we are all taught, that each individual is granted a set of rights, in which no government can take away. Through the centuries many of our ancestors have fought and died for theses rights. From the Battle of Lexington to the desert mountain ranges of Iraq, our country men and women spilt blood for this interpretation of what we call American Freedom....   [tags: Gay Marriage, Political Policy]
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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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Should Homosexual Marriage Be Legal? - On February 14, 2004, Michelle and Diane had been together for about 5 years and engaged for over 3 years. Michelle and Diane knew that soon they wanted to get married. They currently lived in the state of California, which same-sex marriage is legal in, so they would not have an issue with marriage. Once they make this decision, they know thousands of caring, loving, and committed same-sex couples would now be able to share that moment with them. Do you think Homosexual Marriage should be legal....   [tags: same-sex marriage, love, gay couples]
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Marriage: Religion or Love? - To understand same sex marriage you must first understand a compressed history of homosexuals until it meets up with the most important books that same sex marriage comes a crossed; The Bible or any other religious book that brings up marriage. Our earliest knowledge about homosexuals and same sex marriage comes from the Greeks and the Romans. Although, there is still some evidence of homosexuals before the Greeks and Romans. “Alexander the Great, the founder of Stoicism, Zeno of Citium, were known for their exclusive interest in boys and other men” (“Homosexuality”, Picket)....   [tags: same sex marriage, homosexuality, gay rights]
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Battle for Equality - Imagine falling madly in love and wanting to start a family. Imagine being so sure that this is the right person. Finally meeting the one but being banned from marriage. Imagine being discriminated against. Imagine living in fear. Imagine how Gays and Lesbians feel. Who are we to tell them that they cannot get married. Same-sex marriage should be legalized in America because gay couples have as much right to be legally married as heterosexual couples do. Marriage is a major part of our society....   [tags: marriage, homosexual, gay marriage]
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Socialization Analysis: Homosexuality - ... I remember my friend and me concocting plans as to how we were going to prove our teacher was lesbian. Once again, we were idiot children. Throughout the year we discussed evidence we had found and its apparent validity. Along with the detective work, we would make comments about my teacher favoring girl class mates because she had crushes on them. For the third time, we were ignorant, idiotic and mean-hearted kids when it came to homosexuality. I stress this so much because we were impressionable....   [tags: gay marriage, sexual, LGBT] 639 words
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Same Sex Marraige Should be Legal in the US - The Federal Government should make same sex marriage legal in the United States. It is a human and civil right which is being denied to the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transsexual) community. Same-sex couples should have access to the same marriage benefits and public acknowledgment enjoyed by heterosexual couples and prohibiting gay marriage is unconstitutional discrimination. Denying gay marriage infringes on the Civil Rights of American citizens. Not allowing same sex marriage is also a minority discrimination....   [tags: lgbt, gay marriage, homosexual rights]
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Domestic Partnerships Should be Legal - On June 26, 2015, the US Supreme Court ruled that the US Constitution guarantees the right for same-sex couples to marry. Should gay marriages be legal. Clearly we as a nation are undecided on this issue. Gay rights groups are fighting for rights while religious groups are fighting against gay marriage. I do NOT believe it is fair to discriminate against gays for being together. America is a free country and people should be able to be in a relationship with whomever they desire....   [tags: Anti Gay Marriage, argumentative essay]
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Law Versus Ethics - The conflict between law and ethics has been a topic of debate since time immemorial. Today, the debate rages on especially with the issues like abortion, euthanasia, gay marriages which highlight the contention between ethics and law. Is it ethically justified to administer euthanasia to a suffering person who his family or the patient requests for it. Is abortion ethically justified because it is legal. Is gay marriage illegal and wrong because the society and the law say so. These among many are just few examples of the many conflicts that surround law and ethics and they are yet to be answered as the debate rages on....   [tags: Abortion, Euthanasia, Gay Marriage ]
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Sexual Orientation: Stop the Hate - Something that is wrong with society is the fact that it is over-judgemental of things that are outside of the norm. From the moment humans are able to establish differences between one thing and another, choices are made on what is considered better or what makes more sense to the developing mind. Such as, gay marriage is highly accepted by the younger generations rather than the older generations. This at one point in time created a stigma of sorts that alienated these specific individuals and for a time caused a plethora of teenage suicides....   [tags: gay marriage, LGBT, homosexuality, suicide]
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Cohabitation: The Story of Cynthia - Cohabitation is portrayed as "the state or state of living together as mate and wife without being married (n.d.). The term additionally applies to individuals who live together on the grounds that they are not equipped to legitimately wed. Same-sex marriage has not been authorized in all parts of the United States, for instance, or in numerous nations. Some individuals decide to live together as an approach to try things out waters before they confer to a lawful marriage. They might decide to wed sometime or another....   [tags: seperation, relationship, gay, marriage]
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LGBTQI in New York - Homosexual culture has become increasingly more accepted over the past century. The United States has just begun to legalize gay marriage in many states however some areas of the U.S still do not accept homosexual culture. Many cultures around the world still do not accept homosexual culture. Some cultures accept homosexuality, some see the practice as a sin, some create laws forbidding same sex relationships and marriage, and some punish homosexuality with the death penalty. Homosexual culture is referred to as LGBTQI culture and is shared by any person who identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning or intersex....   [tags: Homosexual Culture, Legalization Gay Marriage]
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Same-Sex Marriage - Ellen DeGeneres always knows what’s up, and hearing Ricky Martin sing is like an angel. We can’t forget our Queen Latifah with her soothing voice and words of wisdom. Lastly our beloved Neil Patrick Harris, with his Legen- wait for it - dary acting. But all of these very different people have something in common. They are all homosexuals. It’s sad that all the things that these wonderful people do to entertain you, to bring you happiness and they cannot be granted their own happiness. These loved celebrities and many more homosexuals are denied their right to marry their love....   [tags: Gay, Lesbians, LGBTQ, Marriage, Equality]
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Same Sex Marriage -      Gay and lesbian unions have been for a long time a subject that no one liked to discuss. For the last few decades, gays and lesbians have come out and expressed their sexuality preferences. Many believe that same sex marriage should not be legalized because it's against the moral. It's against the definition of marriage, which is considered as the union of a man and a woman as a husband and wife. Same sex marriage should be legalized because the way society views the union of lesbian and gays can a change....   [tags: Gay Lesbian Marriage Argumentative Essays] 748 words
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Who Should Be the Determining Factor? - Who Should Be the Determining Factor. In today’s society more people are getting engaged in gay marriages and becoming more open to society. From our society changing from a highly conservative rate to a more liberal state, this will increase the amount of open mindedness towards gay marriages. These two short arguments represent the pros and cons of gay marriage; and why gay marriages should be allowed. Andrew Sullivan will be discussing why gays should be allowed to be married. In contrast to Sullivan, William Bennett wrote a response to give a heterosexual perspective....   [tags: Gay Marriage Homosexuality Essays] 984 words
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Equal Rights for ALL Americans - Marriage has always been a sacred agreement between a man and woman. However, as times have changed, our ideas involving marriage are forced to change with the times. Our country has developed throughout the years to enforce the belief that all Americans should be granted equal rights no matter what their skin color or cultural background. Granting gays the right to marry would simply be giving all people equal rights in the issue of marriage. When it comes to the issue of gay marriage, Americans have many different views....   [tags: Gay Marriage, argumentative, persuasive]
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The History of LGBT rights in California - “Do you know what the Gays did to me now. They took away my right to vote!” As much as I hate to admit it, that is what my father called to tell me when the Supreme Court overturned California’s Proposition 8, an amendment to the California Constitution banning Same-Sex Marriage in the state, deeming it unconstitutional. It was his belief that since he had voted for it to pass—which it did—those overturning it neglected his vote, effectively stripping him of his right to do so. I quickly pointed out to him that they didn’t take away anything and what he was really upset about was that he—or anyone else—did not have the right to deny the LGBT Community of their rights....   [tags: gay marriage, overturn of Propostion 8 ]
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Equal Partnership Rights for America - Equal Partnership Rights for America The president has often indicated that he would support a constitutional amendment against gay marriages. The Supreme Court has not yet seen a case dealing with marriage rights of homosexuals, and therefore the constitutionality of laws banning gay marriage have not yet come into question. Homosexuals would argue that they are seeking marriage rights equal with that of heterosexual marriage under the eyes of the law. Some people feel very strongly about this issue and see support for gay marriage as a governmental intrusion on a religious practice....   [tags: Gay Marriage Essays] 825 words
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Gay Unions are a Childish Imitation of Marriage -    It needs no further proof; the AIDS epidemic has made it sufficiently clear that the vast majority of active homosexuals are promiscuous, and much more so than promiscuous heterosexuals. This fact alone points to the subject of this essay - the ego-centeredness of the gay relationship. The fairy tale of faithful homosexual "unions" (with its slogan, "What is the difference from heterosexual marriage, apart from the sex of the partner?") is a propaganda item, to win privileges from the law and acceptance within Christian churches....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics]
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Equal Rights for All - Equal Rights for All Gay marriage has always been a subject of great controversy. Andrew Sullivan addresses this issue in his persuasive essay entitled “Let Gays Marry.” Sullivan’s essay appeared in Newsweek in June of 1996. Through his problem/solution structure of this essay, Sullivan uses rhetorical appeals to try and persuade the audience to accept gay marriage as a natural part of life. Sullivan, an editor of The New Republic, also wrote Virtually Normal: An Argument about Homosexuality (26)....   [tags: Gay Marriage Homosexuality Essays]
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