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Why are we still fighting Rough draft

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Delgado 1 Alexander Delgado Professor Debra Briggs ENC 1102 30 November 2010 Fight For Who We Love In today’s day and age, the human race has seen plenty of disasters and dilemmas involving human rights. From the discrimination of Jews during the Holocaust to the women’s Suffrage movement, mankind continues to discriminate appearance, religion, gender, and now, sexual orientation. However, a case that has been prevalent in the last few decades is discrimination against sexual orientation. Why does society continue to make the lives of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered (LGBT) citizens a struggle? For now it doesn’t matter why there is discrimination, but how civil rights can be achieved. LGBT citizens should have the same rights and privileges all other individuals have because there is no reason to deny anyone a basic civil right, solely based on sexual orientation. Out of all the rights denied to LGBT citizens, marriage is the most controversial. The right to marry is simple, yet remains a controversial topic. According to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, “Men and women of full age, without any limitation due to race, nationality or religion, have the right to marry and to found a family. They are entitled to equal rights as to marriage, during marriage and at its dissolution” (Amnesty International). However, many national organizations have interpreted this declaration as allowable discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender. Other countries have already allowed gay
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Delgado 2 marriages to occur, such as Denmark in 1989 and Norway in 1993 (Nguyen). The denial of a national-approved marriage license between same-sex couples does far more damage than one thinks. The damage and repercussions felt from not allowing same-sex marriages can be given a number: 1183; that is the number of rights denied by same-sex couples due to their partnership not being an official union under the eyes of our nation. A couple of years ago, the “Government Accounting Office identified 1,138 federal laws in which marital status is a factor in determining or receiving benefits, rights, and privileges” (Equality Matters). The right to file jointly for taxes and insurance would allow LGBT couples to have security and safety for each other and for their families. Under legal marriage, LGBT couples would be able to visit each other in the hospital and stay for as long as they want. Marriage allows LGBT couples to have a proper will and have
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