Imagine that a government purposefully denied over 1,000 rights and benefits from one group of people who haven’t broken any laws. Would you support that government? In the United States, same-sex couples are denied legal marriage. Homosexual couples should be allowed the right to marry because they are people too and deserve the same rights as heterosexual couples. In this project, we’re going to be addressing the relations of gay marriage and the judicial system. As well as the history behind the issues and any current controversy behind the topics.
Gay marriage has been a big controversy in the U.S. for over many years. This problem originally started when two of the same genders would want marriage licenses. Most of them were denied, because many states didn’t see them equally compared to heterosexual couples. Over the course of the years, it has evolved and become more common. On June 26, 2015, the US Supreme Court ruled that gay marriage is a right protected by the US Constitution in all 50 states. Prior to their decision, same-sex marriage was already legal in 37 states and Washington DC, but was banned in the remaining 13.
There were many people that took stand for the LGBT community around the world. Audre Lorde, 1980 described herself as a “black feminist mother warrior poet”. She has a famous statement that says, “Your silence will not protect you”. To me this means that you can be silent about your true figure, but it won’t protect you from the future. When you aren’t your true self, you never feel comfortable with who you are. She has spoken against anything she saw wasn’t fair and had tried to get other people to do the same. Another figure that stood for LGBT was Dan Savage. Dan Savage and his husband Terry Miller founded a project called “It Gets Better Project”. This project was to let the younger LGBT community know that things will get better in the future. Sometimes, things in life have to bad before they become good. His motive was to let them know there was hope for them and try and create a better future for them. Lastly, another important figure that was remembered was Bayard Rustin. Bayard Rustin was remembered for helping with the 1963 march and was a civil rights activist that was openly gay. Back then, he was arrested several times for open sexuality and said that circumstances made him come out. He never stopped fighting for freedom and justice and I think that is what makes him an important figure.
Since the early years of 1920, the timeline of Gay marriage has dramatically changed along with the opinions of Americans. In 1924, The Society for Human Rights in Chicago becomes the country’s earliest known gay rights organization. In 1955, The first lesbian-rights organization in the United States, the Daughters of Bilitis, was established in San Francisco in 1955. In 1958, Joe Cino, an Italian-American theater producer, opens Caffe Cino. Caffe Cino is credited with starting the Off-Off-Broadway theater movement. Six years after Caffe Cino opens, it hosts the first gay play, The Madness of Lady Bright, by Landford Wilson. In 2000, Vermont becomes the first state in the country to legally recognize civil unions between gay or lesbian couples. The law states that these “couples would be entitled to the same benefits, privileges, and responsibilities as spouses.” It stops short of referring to same-sex unions as marriage, which the state defines as heterosexual. In 2009, April 3, the Iowa Supreme Court unanimously rejects the state law banning same-sex marriage. Twenty-one days later, county recorders are required to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. June 24, 2010, New York passes a law to allow same-sex marriage. New York is now the largest state that allows gay and lesbian couples to marry. The vote comes on the eve of the city’s annual Gay Pride Parade and gives new momentum to the national gay-rights movement. In the year since the June 26, 2015 landmark Supreme Court decision Obergefell v. Hodges that extended the right for same-sex couples to marry nationwide, the LGBT community has been fighting against discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations.
The controversy of gay marriage is still in the news and discussions of the American people today. It has been said that many Americans still feel uncomfortable when they see two of the same genders holding hands. Even when they heard their child is an LGBT they still aren’t thrilled about the idea. I think that this still remains unsolved because, many Americans still don’t consider them as people or care about their rights. It has been said they don’t believe depression and and suicide is that serious when it comes to the LGBT community. I think that is part of the reason why gay marriage still remains unsolved today. I believe that Americans are still not open to the idea of Gay’s and learning about them. In many different states they ban gay marriage or even worse kill them for being who they are. Owners of restaurants and businesses have the right to deny service to any gay person. Americans influence their children and can have them grow to be a homophobic as well. Yes, the LGBT community has many rights like any heterosexual couple, However, that doesn’t mean that heterosexuals will be okay with them expressing themselves or putting a picture of their wife or husband at work. LGBT people have been in many marches and taken this to the court because they believe their rights have been taken away. Our country is so concluded that they don’t have an open mind to what LGBT can do for the U.S. Americans think they are going to hell and it should be a man and a woman, but they are people just like everyone else. That is why I believe that gay marriage is still an unresolved topic today.
Obergefell v. Hodges. There was people from both sides outside the court house people who were for and against gay marriage. During the actual court proceedings a man shouted “If you support gay marriage you will burn in hell”, the man was then dragged out of court. During the Two-and-a-half hearing the judges were dead locked. It was justice Kennedy that was able to break the tie ruling in favor of the right for same-sex couples to get married. The ruling cane down to one person everyone else was dead locked, this just showing how much controversy is behind this issue.
Right now there are two main issues facing the judicial branch. The first is if the U.S. constitution grants the right to gay rights marriage. Second is if states are required to recognize the marriage of gay couples who were married in other states. I believe that there are many reasons why Americans don’t believe that gay’s should have the right to marry. The arguments include: gay marriage breaks tradition, having a mom and dad is better for kids, gay marriage weakens the tradition of marriage and being gay is wrong. I think these six arguments are wrong and here are some reasons why. Traditions can change over time and we can always add new traditions into old ones. As for kids being better off with a mom and dad, I have known kids who have two dads or two moms and they are really smart students and good people. Gay marriage can’t weaken the tradition of marriage when it is marriage. Just because it’s something new or different, it shouldn’t change the way that marriage is viewed. For all we know, gay men and women could make the tradition of marriage stronger. Being gay is a characteristic of a person that has nothing to do with good or bad actions. Saying being gay is wrong is like saying living is wrong. People who think this are making an uneducated assumption that has nothing to do with gay marriage being a bad thing. I think change has happened because more gay people are comfortable publicly being gay and more people have come to understand that gay people aren’t any different than they are.
Marriage is supposed to be a celebration between two people that love each other. Gay marriage however, isn’t viewed the same in the eyes of American people. Gay marriage is still not viewed positively in all 50 states. However, even though most states allow it, Americans aren’t always the most thrilled with it. The United States has taken many steps since the early 1920’s and have accomplished many things. Even the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples can marry nationwide, establishing a new civil right and handing gay rights advocates a historic victory. I don’t believe that Gay marriage will ever be completely solved because Americans don’t have the same views. All we can do is take steps that will further benefit the LGBT community and hopefully make Americans more open to the idea. Many celebrities, democrats, and other Americans have protested and marched for the LGBT rights.
If we want change, we the people have to take a stand and make the change. Yes. there will be obstacles when going forward. However, gay marriage is happening and there’s not much people can do about it. Marriage is marriage in my eyes and in the eyes of other American people. Nothing in this country will ever be completely fixed without running into any issues. We have come a long way from where we in the 1920’s and we are still making many changes. Being gay shouldn’t be something that you are ashamed about. It’s apart of who you are and you should express yourself that way. There are many people supporting you along the way and will fight for equality. Being openly gay isn’t the easiest thing to do and some people will lose friends or family. It’s a sacrifice that you will have to take and if they support you that’s great, but if not it is their loss. You are just expressing who you are and if they can’t accept that, then are they even actually your friends. You gain and lose friends throughout your life. The United States has many different types of people and have grown a lot. Yes, we have seen many reports or incidents where gay people have been killed or abused because it wasn’t right in that country. However, they are here and we are going to have to deal with it. We just need to be more open and accepting of them. They aren’t affecting our marriage or anything. They aren’t with you everyday or hurting you in any way. Just let them be them and live out their life. Gay marriage is between them and you don’t have to be around it. Gay marriage should be allowed to anyone so they can express their love and affection for that person. Everyone deserves to be loved and to be happy in this world. There’s too much hate in this world and not enough love. Just live your life the way you want to and be happy for everyone.
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