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Gay Marriage Should Be Legal Essay

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In every time period throughout history and every region of the world there has always been a stigma as to what it means to be a gay man – even if that is not the language that always would be used to describe homosexual behavior in a given place and time. In the United States, gay marriage has been legalized in all 50 states by a federal court ruling, but many Americans do not realize that there is still a long way to go in terms of embracing gay citizens (and the rest of the LGBT community) into the “ societal norm.” Despite the strides that have been taken to legalize marriage for same sex couples, there are many states where discrimination is still legal. LGBT people can be denied housing, work, and even service and are also not legally protected from discrimination in the education system in many states today.
LGBT issues came into the spotlight in San Francisco in the 1970s, as Richard Rodriguez puts it in his essay “Late Victorians,” when the private lives of gays and lesbians where starting to enter to the public sphere (Rodriguez 57). LGBT people, especially gay men, from all over the country were migrating to blossoming gay neighborhoods in San Francisco like the Castro. This growing phenomenon led to the birth of gay culture and how we define it today, and assisted in creating an identity for the gay community.
This identity that the gay community was formulating during this time period was largely based on a superficial façade. Gay men in San Francisco began
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