The Gay Rights Movement Essay

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Thesis Statement: The Gay Rights Movement dates back to the 19th century. By 1970 gay and lesbian organizations existed all over the United States and in other countries all over the world. Some supporters of the movement would say that our society as a whole has made great strides towards acceptance of homosexuality. However, gays and lesbians are still fighting for equality in 2009. The issues are vast and widespread, with same-sex marriage at the top of the list. In the world that we live in today one might be surprised to learn how many countries are accepting of gay and lesbians, as well as how many are not. The world has made progress within the last decade regarding this issue, but definitely not enough. We need to take steps…show more content…
Following the ruling more than 18,000 couples married. Prior to the November 4, 2008 election, a ballot called Proposition 8 was proposed for general election. It called for a ban of same-sex marriages. It passed on November 4, 2008 leaving those previously married couples uncertain of their marital status. There were numerous demonstrations throughout the nation. Several lawsuits were also filed. Oral arguments were heard on March 5, 2009 and a decision is expected within ninety days (“California Proposition 8”). As we await the decision, many individuals are speaking out. If the court rules that only existing marriages of same-sex couples are valid, it will be a hollow victory, because we do not want to be the only ones on the Freedom Train. The California Supreme Court needs to overturn Proposition 8 because what Prop. 8 does -- for the first time in American history -- is to take out of a constitution a group that has been declared equal by the supreme court (Tyler). LBGT supporters feel the victory must overturn the November 4 ruling as it speaks to a fundamental civil right within our constitution. Same-sex marriage is a controversial and very serious legal issue that needs to be resolved. I disagree with the individual state rulings. The laws honoring and protecting heterosexual married couples remains the same in 50 states.

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