First Comes Love - First Comes Love Then Comes...

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First Comes Love Then Comes Discrimination America is the land of opportunity, equality. It is the land of the free and the home of the brave; in theory. For those who fall under the GLBT (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender) label most of these are myth. They do not have the same opportunities as straight people; they are not seen as equal. They are not free to express their sexual orientation without fear of repercussions. They are the brave; fighting a constant battle to be seen for what they are: human beings. America has a long history of oppressing those who are seen as different. Americans have oppressed almost every race at some point in time as well as women. Homosexuals have just had their number called, I guess. The odd thing is that we are always profusely apologetic once the wrongness of our actions is realized, so why do we continue to attack those who are seen as different? Homosexuals did not choose their sexuality any more than we choose the color of our skin, our gender, or the race we were born into and yet they are punished as though they made a decision that many see as wrong. Homosexuals are treated as second class citizens, without many of the rights and responsibilities that non-homosexuals have and it is time that they are treated like the equals they are. The inequality that the gay community faces is recognizable in their fight for marriage, the harassment and abuse they face on a daily basis as well as their struggles with employers. The most obvious difference in the rights of homosexuals and straights is marriage. Same sex couples cannot be married. They do not get the security that comes with marriage regardless of how long a same sex couple has been together whereas a straight couple can know each other for a few hours, get married, and have all the benefits that come with the title “man and wife”.
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These benefits range from not getting the same tax breaks as married couples, to sometimes not being allowed to enter an intensive care unit since the rules state that only relatives are allowed (Wolfson 106-108). It is unimaginable that one’s significant other not be allowed to sit with them in what may be their final moments because they are not allowed to marry. The biggest, if not only, reason people give for their opposition of same-sex marriage is that it goes against the Bible. This is a ridiculous argument seeing as how much of what homosexuals seek to gain from marriage is legal security and acknowledgment of their love for one another, not the approval of the lord. America is a country where there is supposed to be a separation of Church and State, so why should God’s opinion matter in this case? Furthermore, during the Catholic Church’s first one thousand years, marriages were not performed inside of a church, nor were they recognized as a Catholic sacrament (Wolfson 103). Perhaps it is time we let the past repeat itself for once
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