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Walters 1 Libby Walters Mr. Schulz English 12 Honors 18 December, 2006 The Fight for Marriage In America and many other places around the globe, homosexuality is slowly, but surely, becoming more and more of an accepted lifestyle. Homosexuals appear on TV and in movies more frequently and with much less surprise or shock of the public than ever before. In a June 2001 poll by Gallup, 85% of Americans said that they supported equal opportunities for gays, and a 2001 Harris Interactive study found that 61% of Americans would support a law prohibiting sexual orientation based job discrimination. In fact, 42% percent of Americas were found to be under the impression that a similar law was already in place (Public Polling). 85% of Americans support gay rights in the workplace, and 42% believe that gays already have equal rights in the workplace, so why is it that when asked if they would support a Constitutional amendment that would clearly define a marriage as ‘between a man and a woman’, 57% of Americans said yes (Harper)? That means that 23%, almost ¼, of Americans are in favor of equal rights for gays, except on the issue of gay marriage. Though there are many seemingly valid arguments
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Walters 2 against the marriage of same-sex couples, once they are analyzed and broken down, the only argument left standing is homophobia. Despite the increasing acceptance of homosexuals in society, homophobia reigns supreme when it comes to the issue of marriage, despite the fact that homophobia has absolutely no place in deciding whether or not gay couples should be allowed to be legally recognized as married. Most Americans assume that gays ‘coming out’ and making relationships public and growing acceptance of public gay relationships is something that is relatively new, however homosexuality is not a recent, or even a modern, topic of concern. Homosexuality is something that has been around for centuries. Evidence of homosexual relationships between two men or two women is frequently depicted in literature, art, and actual historical accounts from countries and civilizations from around the globe. The example of this that was probably the most widely accepted and most commonly referred to in art and literature in ancient times was Greek pederasty. In ancient Greece, pederasty, referring to a relationship between an older man and a young man, was a common practice. Not only was it accepted, but it was expected that young boys would be sought out by older men and their relationships were always very open and public. Greeks even saw it as a fundamental element of
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Walters 3 their culture. These relationships were considered beneficial to the younger man, who was usually around the age of adolescence. The older man normally served as a mentor to the younger man, though their relationship was expected to be based on their mutual love and desire, with a great emphasis on their friendship. Usually this relationship ended when the boy matured and the boy would marry a woman, though the two would
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