Homosexual Rights: The Evolution and Causes

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“...There's no place for the state in the bedrooms of the nation. I think that what's done in private between adults doesn't concern the Criminal Code.”1 These famous words were spoken by Pierre Trudeau in December of 1967, after he proposed that homosexuality be decriminalized. He was one of the first heterosexual persons to suggest such a thing. Those words empowered homosexuals to fight back against the unfair treatment they were enduring, and to fight for their rights as human beings. It was also a wake-up call of sorts to Canadians that there were problems with their justice system. In today’s society, Canadian laws that previously discriminated against homosexuals have now been amended as a result of societal pressure, Jim Egan’s never ending contributions, and the efforts of Brent Hawkes. Gay men were previously considered to be of an unstable mindset because of society’s views of them. In 1948, Canadian parliament mimicked the Americans and made the criminal sexual psychopath legislation, and in 1961, that was changed to the dangerous sexual offenders law. 2 For a man to be found guilty of breaking one of these laws, he only had to admit that he was gay. He would then be charged and have a trial, and if he was found guilty, he would be put in jail for an indeterminate sentence. Discrimination based on sexual orientation was a common occurrence in Canada in the 1900s. Many people were speculative and considered homosexuals to be a threat, therefore in the eyes of
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