In 76 countries, it's a crime to be gay. In five of those, the punishment is death. In America, at the very least, homosexuals are unrepresented, disowned, or both. While homosexuals can legally marry their partner in some states of America, they can get fired at their jobs; barred from public facilities; blacklisted from their families. This cruel and unfair treatment of homosexuals leads to the firm belief that they should have all the same rights as heterosexuals.
Taking away the right to wed is unjust. Yet in many states, homosexual marriage is outlawed. A Huffington Post Article describes Judge Robert Lewis Hinkle, who says "...the arguments supporting Florida's ban on same-sex marriage...will seem an obvious pretext for discrimination." (Miami Herald par. 2) Much like arguments back ninety years or so, concepts like woman's suffrage seemed to be breaking the voting system because of its absurdity. …show more content…
Anti-gay officials try to claim reasons why homosexuality can be suppressed and tucked out of thought. The Poughkeepsie Journal accounts a research from the American Psychological Association on gay therapy. "Does conversion/reparative therapy work? A task force of the American Psychological Association undertook a thorough review of the research on its efficacy. They found clear evidence that it doesn't work and significant evidence that it's harmful to LGBT [Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transsexual] people." (Kulla par. 8) Gay therapy has been one of the ways how anti-gay groups has proposed to get rid of homosexuality, and has been a recent go-to way to do so. However, those groups did not consider the psychological repercussions to LGBT people. While anti-gays may argue to this homosexuality is temporary and "just a phase", they don't consider the fact they themselves can't just become gay. No matter how hard they would try, they cannot change their heterosexuality to become
Although there is no evidence to support this hypothesis it even influenced UK Legislation from 1988 until 2003 , banning state schools from teaching children about homosexuality. This legislation was brought into act when homosexuality was against many social norms due to the increase in the HIV/AIDS virus, this legislation was therefore seen as an attack on the LGBT community. Freud's psychoanalytic theory also attempted to explain homosexuality Freud believed that the root of all behaviours were due to our unconscious minds therefore homosexuality can be due to negative childhood experiences such as a negative relationships these experiences are then repressed in our unconscious mind. Freud stated these male homosexuality could be caused due to a father being distant from his son or closeness to a mother. Overall, psychoanalytic theory suggests that our behaviour is influenced by two motivations that ultimately create conflict within an individual the “Thanatos” creates aggression, sadism and our fear or death,
The hostility between homosexual individuals and supporters and strict, religious people illustrates a divide in the country consisting of different views; Both groups pressure, rationalize, and stereotype the other, but in the end one group is angry and the other is hurt, and no movement to evolve the situation exists. In the past and in modern-day, American homosexuals and heterosexuals get scrutinized and disgraced because of their opinions in groupthink and towards one another. One group stereotypes outsiders because what they believe is different from their opinion. The groupthink article defines stereotyping out-groups as when “people outside the group who criticize decisions and actions are viewed as “enemies” who do not know what
The federal judge in San Antonio, Texas, “ruled that Texas ' ban on same-sex marriage violates the U.S. Constitution and demeans the dignity of gay couples "for no legitimate reason." Judge Orlando Garcia then granted two plaintiff couples ' request for an injunction barring the state from enforcing the ban.” (Keen 1) One of the couples sought to be married in Texas while the other couple had already been married in Massachusetts, but desired to be recognized by the state of Texas. In Garcia’s ruling, he states that, “the Texas bans violate the guarantees of due process and equal protection of the U.S. Constitution.”
Around 10 million adults alone in the United States as of 2017 consider themselves to be part of the LGBT community, these are 10 million adults who can be discriminated against, weather this is access to something as important as medical care or something as simple as a wedding cake for their wedding they can be refused access to this. In 1993 The Religious Freedom Restoration Act was passed in order to provide “stronger laws and enforcement for exercising religion” and so that it could play a valid part in our foreign policy; yet it is hardly used in our foreign policy and in some cases can cause more problems than solutions. This has become a national debate, even still today because of the obvious outcomes it could have regarding gay-marriage.
The overall experience of the LGBTQ community in America has been a horrific experience for the past 300 plus years. Individuals who share same sex interest were oppressed, discriminated, brutalized, experimented on, and killed due to their alternative lifestyle(s). Elze (2006) confirms these allegations by mentioning... “Since colonial times… people who love and sexually desire those of the same sex, have been imprisoned, executed, witch hunted, pilloried, confined in asylums, fired, excommunicated, disinherited, evicted, extorted, entrapped, censored, declared mentally ill, drugged, and subjected to castration, hormone injections, clitoridectomy, hysterectomy, ovariectomy, lobotomy, psychanalysis, and aversive therapies” (p.43).
Castration, electroshock therapy, and hypnosis were popular medical treatments as “cures” for homosexuality. In an interview with a Stonewall riot veteran, Roy McCarthy, he said, “We were tired of gay people getting locked up in psychiatric hospitals and getting tortured! We had our own Auschwitzes and Dachaus! And we were just pissed off about all of that! And it had to end!”
If one read the Lawrence v. Texas case one will understand that upon further review of the constitution one can see that there is no violation in the constitution that insinuates homosexual sexual activity being against human right. It is only logical that if sexual practices are taking place in the privacy of ones homes regardless of the gender there is no conviction of wrong doing. Equal protection due process protects against discrimination regarding sexuality therefore making it unconstitutional to discriminate anyone based on their sexual orientation. Discrimination of race was overruled unconstitutional due to the famous words of “all mean are created equal… by having life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness” (Andersen, M, E.), with life there is liberty of human rights, and with liberty comes happiness with the acceptance of an individual’s identity as one.
It feels reminiscent of torturing someone, and then trying to obtain credible information out of them. At that point, they’re so beaten down that their demeanor has changed, and the information becomes less valuable. I’m frustrated that this information and research was considered enough to classify homosexuality as a disease, or insanity. The speech “Stop It, You’re Making Me Sick,” greatly inspires me.
When debating the legalization of same sex marriage, religious reasoning and accusations of bigotry often provoke obstinance. Instead of reiterating those arguments, William J. Bennett, a prominent cultural conservative, former secretary of education, and author of The Book of Virtues, focuses on societal effects in his op-ed article, “Against Gay Marriage.” Though Bennett’s piece conveys partiality, it also attempts to discuss this issue scrupulously to ensure readers will consider his argument and perhaps accept his implications. While some of Bennett’s word choices convey tolerance of the gay community, his rhetoric incites readers to accept that preserving society requires marginalizing homosexuals.
this therapy is known as conversion therapy, no I don’t think it works at all and most folks that go through conversion therapy, if you talk to them years later they’re going to be back to being their queer self, they’re going to once again identify as gay, once again identify as trans, on a basic level, I think statistic show that conversion therapy does not work, I think it’s dangerous and it’s unfortunate that it exist, it can be dangerous just for your mental health, because it can make folk that are gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans, feel like they are not worthy if they really are that identity and cannot change that about themselves and so conversion therapy is banned in 5 states only in this country, so the rest of the 45 it’s still legal
Conversion Therapy Although many people have strong convictions against gay people, sometimes leading parents to attempt to change their children’s sexual orientation, it should be banned on a national level for parents to be able to force their children under the age of 18 into conversion therapy because it is unconstitutional, it evidently damages the child's wellbeing, and the methods have never even been proven by credible research. Members of the ex-gay (anti-LGBT) movement argue that banning reparative therapy is an infringement on the rights to freedom of speech and religion, while parents following this movement have similar feelings and believe that putting their child through conversion therapy will help them be ridded of an "unwanted
Marriage is a contract between two people and honestly I think that the society should not be interfering this bond. Not permitting the right to marry another human is a severe violation of the human rights and freedom. James Carville “I was against gay marriage until I realized that I didn’t have one.” The statement is self-explanatory: “You don’t get to judge because you don’t have the
In most countries worldwide, gay marriage is illegal, forcing homosexuals to remain hidden out of a sense of shame and fear. Many religions, including Judaism and Islam, forbid homosexual acts and behaviour. This is worrying for society as one may not be accepted by one’s own religion, as well as being rejected by society. Furthermore, homosexuality is constantly slated over social media, providing a negative aura surrounding the subject. All these factors influence the fear and shame of an individual.
Substitute the word “gay” in any of those cases, and the terms suddenly become far less loaded, so that the ring of disapproval and judgment evaporates. Some gay rights advocates have declared the term off limits. The Gay and Lesbian Alliance against slander, or Glad, has put “homosexual” on its list of offensive terms and in 2006 persuaded The Associated Press, whose stylebook is the widely used by many news organizations, to restrict use of the word. Miss Suhashini a, lecturer of Phycology Department at UTAR who was currently doing research about LGBT has looked at the way the term is used by those who try to portray gays and lesbians as deviant. What is most telling about substituting it for gay or lesbian are the images that homosexual tends to activate in the brain, she said.