Homosexuality in today’s society In today’s society, there exists a mixture of issues which tend to raise arguments with people all over. There are a handful of topics that always seem to escalate these differences between people to the point where one who participates in debate and argument can direct their anger towards their feelings on the person themselves. An issue that has in recent years, begun to increase arguments, is the acceptability of homosexuality in society. Until recently, homosexuality was considered strictly taboo.
If an individual was homosexual, it was considered a secret to be kept from all family, friends, and society. However, it seem that society has begun to accept this lifestyle by allowing same sex couples. The idea of coming out of the ‘closet’ has moved to the head of homosexual individuals when it used to be the exception. Homosexuality is nothing to be ashamed of and we should all come to realize this. The United States is denying good people a better life based on sexual orientation. Acceptance of homosexual marriage is a major issue in today’s society.
This is a civil. issue, and the United States needs to start realizing that they are denying marriage rights to homosexuals because of moral reasons. What ever happened to separation of church and state? Opponents of homosexual marriage feel that by allowing gay and lesbians the right to marriage undermines the traditional definition of marriage. However, as society changes and the demands of the American citizens change, there needs to be changes that comply with not only the traditional society but also with modern needs of the United States people.
Not only are homosexual couples being denied marriage rights but also adoption rights in several states. There would be no harm to society by allowing homosexuals the right to marriage or to legally adopt; the positive impacts it would have on society are far greater then the negative effects. Homosexuals should get the same rights as any other United States citizen. For the United States to have a functional society, allowing all citizens, regardless of sexual preference, would be in everyone’s best interest to allow homosexuals the right to arry. Looking back at history, it was not that long ago that black and white marriages were not accepted in society. Accepting black and white marriages has made the United States a stronger society. Gay and lesbian marriages would not harm anyone; however, it would improve and enhance the lives of those couples involved. Allowing gay marriage would have positive effects on children to gay couples; in addition, allowing homosexuals to marry and adopt would help place some children, who may never be placed into a family, find families through adoption.
Homosexuals can be found in every race, religion, age group, country, state, and social group. Discrimination toward homosexuals persecute their choice of lifestyle. The issues of military employment, legal rights for couples, and acceptance within society need to resolved. Some ways to help put an end to this discrimination is to put the military services on a legislative plan prohibiting discrimination against homosexuals, allow for couples to be legally married. People need to realize that homosexuals are just like them.
Homosexuals are found everywhere and are good people and need to be recognized not for their sexuality, but for who they are. The problem lies with the heterosexuals, those who establish firm opinions against gays, based solely off of stereotypical thinking, or their own feelings, rather than rational or factual information. One of these stereotypes tends to be that lesbians want to act and look like men, and vice versa. Although this may be the case in some homosexuals, it is not true for every single individual, thus a biased stereotype is formed.
A stereotype such as this may cause an extreme hostile attitude, as well as discrimination, against a homosexual individual. Also, homosexual jokes are constantly made every day. As funny as this may be to a heterosexual, imagine how this single joke could damage a gay man’s self-esteem or even his social acceptance. A straight male or female could easily laugh at this joke, as many have, while a gay man hears this joke and takes it to heart. He could easily feel inferior to a straight male, or just as easily be offended by the use of the word fag.
Society doesn’t realize when certain words are used, they can offend a variety of people. Not to mention, the words gay, fag and queer have found their way into our everyday vocabulary, all of which can cause different emotions to different people. For instance, when someone says “That’s so gay” a heterosexual would view the word gay as meaning strange or different, which completely changes the meaning of the word and associates homosexuals with being weird. ?Many Heterosexuals believe we must not pass any laws regarding discrimination of homosexuals.
If we didnt pass the law about discrimination, the homosexual man and his lover would have to continue searching because they were denied equal treatment as a straight man. This unequal treatment is the reason homosexuals are trying so hard to gain a law against discrimination. There is also no justification to deny a specific occupation to a homosexual, because of their sexual orientation, unless there is a threat to an individual. For instance a homosexual man wants to become an accountant. What is keeping him from accomplishing this goal?
A major hindrance-a state licensing law. The same goes if another homosexual would like to become a hairdresser, or perhaps even a used-car dealer. This same Law prevents people with certain sexual orientations from achieving their goals in life. This is not the American dream so many have heard about. America is supposedly the land of the free, a land of equal opportunity. There isn’t any equality found between a straight man and a gay man. ? “Queerbashing” is one of the most extreme forms of discrimination to homosexuals, and seems to be taken very lightly in court.
A district of Columbia judge had listened to the story of a young homosexual male who had been stalked, beaten, stripped at knifepoint, slashed, kicked and urinated on by a couple of young queerbashers. The judge believed these queerbashers were “good boys” at heart because they attended a religious prep school, and suspended their sentences. These young men were obviously guilty for beating up another person and various other reasons, but were set free with virtually no penalty because they went to a certain ‘good’ school.
This is completely unjust in the fact these boys got off the hook without paying a penalty for the physical, emotional and mental abuse they put this homosexual boy through. “Police and juries often will simply discount testimony from gays; they frequently construe assaults on and murders of gays as “justified” self-defense. ?Discrimination against homosexuals has been in existence since before our time and can be found all over our planet, yet it has only just recently become an active fight, between heterosexuals and homosexuals, over the fact that it shouldn’t even exist in the first place.
Alliances between gay and straight men and women have been formed over the years and continue to grow in population. These men and women, of any sexual-orientation, joined these groups for support and help to aid in the process of becoming equal united states citizens. Together they can recruit new members and maybe one day even get rid of discrimination completely. In order to achieve equality in our nation, we must keep our mind open to new ideas and events and give homosexuals a chance to become human beings.