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Gay Rights 1 Gay Rights and Our Society Amy Ruppel COM/220- Research Writing April 18, 2010 Barbara Hecker What does it mean to have freedom in America? Well the dictionary’s definition is the condition of being free; the power to act or speak or think without externally imposed restraints. That should mean the right to get married to whomever we choose. For many years so far there has not been a law to give equal marriage rights for homosexuals. The rights of the gay community are being compromised when the question of allowing gay marriage is being considered. The rights of gays are a not based out of the Bible, but based on real people and real
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Gay Rights 2 rights. Gay marriage should be permissible because the gay community deserves the right to marry the person they love like any straight couple does. There are a lot of misconceptions today about what gay couples really want besides the obvious equal rights. Also, many people are judgmental about gay relationships, “There are a lot of stereotypes about gay relationships, and even a great deal of misunderstanding of what marriage itself is all about” (Bidstrup, 2009, p. 1). A common argument against gay marriage is, “The stereotype that gays are promiscuous, unable to form lasting relationships, and the relationships that do form are shallow and uncommitted” (Bidstrup, 2009, p. 1). Are most young straight couples’ not like that as well? Most judgmental people think the gay community does not believe in God or go to church, but the reality is, “The values that such gay couples exhibit in their daily lives are often indistinguishable from those of their straight neighbors” (Bidstrup, 2009, p. 1). Homosexuals are a minority in our society and are out casted when it comes to the idea of gay marriage, “Being gay is part of that person's core identity, and goes right the very center of his being” (Bidstrup, 2009, p. 1). It is not just all about love in this case there are also so many legal reasons for that piece of paper, “Committed same-sex couples are prohibited from marrying, denied rights, and are excluded from a panoply of legal benefits specifically tied to legally recognized marriage: for example, access to a spouse's medical, life and disability insurance; hospital visitation and medical decision-making privileges… workers' compensation survivor benefits; spousal benefits under annuity and retirement plans…the right to refuse to testify against one's spouse…” and many others” (Moore, 2001, p. 1). It is stated in the Constitution that we are allowed ‘life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness’, “Would any heterosexual in America believe he had a right to pursue happiness if he could not marry the person he loved? What would be more objectionable to most people — to be denied a vote in the
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Gay Rights 3 next presidential election or to no longer have legal custody over their child or legal attachment to their wife or husband? Can we deny that the right to marriage - to whomever one might
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