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Equal_Rights_Paper - Equal Rights Proposition Paper SOC 315...

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Equal Rights Proposition Paper SOC 315 Cultural Diversity January 11, 2010 Homosexuals have been a part of society since the beginning of recorded history. Sexual orientation, the way a person expresses the sexual part of his or her personality, is socially and politically constructed and throughout history homosexuals have been victims of discrimination.
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In some cultures and periods homosexuality has been accepted by society and even famous rulers like Alexander the Great and Julius Caesar were homosexual. In the United States homosexuals were discriminated against in the past and continue to be victims of discrimination across the country. After the passing of The Civil Rights Act of 1964 there was a wave of gay liberation and homosexuals began asking for the same rights other minority groups were asking for, most importantly safety from harassment and abuse. Fast forward to the 1990s and homosexuality rapidly grew from a hidden lifestyle choice to a social norm. Same sex marriage is on the social and political radar and now the question is; should homosexual marriage be legal? In this paper the subject to analyze is the modern trend of accepting an individual’s sexual orientation as a personal choice and granting homosexuals the right to marriage as well as opposition to homosexual marriage. In today’s society is hard to accept same sex marriage because of the conflictions many people share in regard to homosexual behavior. Homosexuality itself is a controversial subject in society, and in politics. Many communities only accept marriage between a man and a woman. Currently gay marriage is illegal under federal law and measures to pass, ban, or simply recognize gay marriage have established on a state by state basis. States can legalize and recognize homosexual marriage and many have. Massachusetts began issuing marriage licenses to homosexual couples in May 2004 . T his decision has proven to be a huge steppingstone in human rights. Following this example many states are progressively taking action to legalize gay marriage as well. Homosexual marriage is no longer illegal in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, Vermont, and New Hampshire. Other states have opted to recognize same sex marriages but do not perform them including New York, Rhode Island, and Maryland.
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Lawrence A. Kurdek, from Wright State University, has shown that homosexual and heterosexual relationships have more in elements common than differences. Cynthia Wagner states, based on Kurdek’s studies, “The issues that matters to a couple are often the same, such as division of household chores, sources of conflict and satisfaction, and the need for a supportive
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This note was uploaded on 08/17/2011 for the course BUS 200 taught by Professor Torres during the Spring '11 term at University of Phoenix.

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