Legalization of Same-Sex Marriage

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Homosexuality has been with us for a long time, the idea of a man lying with another man - or a woman lying with another woman is even written in the bible. Albeit, not in the most gracious of context. And unbeknownst to us, is we are currently under an ongoing revolution: the legalization of same-sex marriage. However, although many parts of the world have accepted (or tolerated) same-sex marriage, equally many still hold strong prejudice and homophobic views. Let’s start with a little history (wink-wink), homosexuality in the Americas. Prior to European colonization, native-Americans saw homosexuality as a sign of spiritual guidance. It wasn’t so much a right of passage, but it was a role offered to a child - whom would have powers beyond those of ordinary shamans. This belief was quelled by the Spanish, who thought the berdaches needed to be straightened (double entendre, pun-intended), and punished. The Spanish would put berdaches through unbelievable torture which include: burning, public execution, and being torn to pieces by dogs.
This isn’t as surprising when you take into account that the Spanish were largely Catholic. Specifically, Roman Catholicism. This all took place during the completion of the Spanish Inquisition - which is basically a war on other people’s faith, and bullying their own onto others. According to Canon Law, homosexuality in all form and manner is a sin punishable by death. In hindsight, it’s almost poetic - the Spanish represent a tragic

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