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Synthesis Of The 13th Amendment

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Prior to the Civil War in 1865, most of the African Americans remained slaves and were denied life, liberty and property. The 14th Amendment paved the way for former slaves and oppressed groups of people to come, granting them citizenship rights and equal protection of the laws. One of the main oppressed groups currently are same sex couples. For a long period of time, they were denied marriage and did not receive any rights as far as benefits because they loved a person of the same gender. In 2015, the Supreme Court ruled that all state bans on same-sex marriage unconstitutional and made same sex marriage legal in the United States of America.
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When the Civil War began, President Lincoln issued the Emancipation
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Is it possible to compare the discrimination between gays and African Americans? Yes of course. Both groups of people went through a phase of oppression and just wanted to be accepted into society as equal persons. Just like there was segregation with the whites and blacks, the homosexuals were also segregated. “Back in the 60’s, bartenders would deny drinks to patrons suspected of being gay or kick them out altogether; others would serve them drinks but force them to sit facing away from other customers to prevent them from socializing.”
One of the biggest known discrimination is the with United States Military. It was illegal for a homosexual person to enlist with the military. If a person enlisted and did not declare that he or she was gay, then got caught in a homosexual act, the individual could get kicked out with a dishonorable discharge and not hold a federal position ever again. The Don’t Ask Don’t Tell (DADT) policy introduced by President Bill Clinton said that you may not ask if someone is gay, or admit that you are gay. This can be compared to the Emancipation Proclamation. This is similar in comparison because the Presidents were trying to make both sides happy, but in a hush hush kind of way.
Many homosexuals that served in the Military prior to 2015 had to hide who they were and their loved ones throughout their career. They were forbidden to get married and receive the same benefits as their heterosexual
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