Gay Marriage Should Be Legal Essay

1130 Words Mar 31st, 2015 null Page
Introduction For the past few days, Indiana has been in the spot light for passing a bill that protects religious freedom. Protection of religion has not been the subject of scrutiny however, but the treatment of homosexuals instead has been tossed around. Can businesses deny gays and lesbians? Can they be rejected marriages by churches due to religion? Homosexuals have had a long and hard journey to rights over the years. From nothing in the beginning, to today where 37 states have legalized gay marriage. But why not all states? Gay marriage should be legalized because the issue will never go away, and even homosexuals are human. So what issues stand in the way? History of Oppression Up until June of 1969, society was very harsh towards those who publicly deemed themselves as homosexual. At the beginning of the 20th century, homosexuality was considered a mental illness, and the solution was to place the person in a mental institution. In later years, even mentioning homosexual terms in public was illegal. What happened in June 1969 was the explosion of the energy of the gay rights community. A riot broke out when police raided gay bar in New York City, and the patrons fought back sparking protests and raising the number of gay rights organizations. The 1970 's gained victory when homosexuality was removed from the list of mental disorders, but the victory was short lived. The aids outbreak in the 1980 's raised issues and discrimination of gays, who more frequently…

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