Gay Rights

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My name is ........ and my issue is Gay Rights.
I will be providing you with information in the following areas * Key vocabulary
* Basic problem
* Timeline and history
* Status quo
* Pro side
* Pro side arguments
* Pro solutions
* Con side
* Con side arguments
* Con solutions
Key Vocabulary
* LBGT- stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender
* Heterosexual- a person who is sexually attracted to the opposite sex * Homosexual- a person who is sexually attracted to the same sex * Domestic partnership- a person (not necessarily a spouse) with whom you cohabit and share a long term sexual relationship * Limited Domestic partnership- limited legal abilities

Basic problem
Now I would like to explain the 2 main reasons why this issue is a problem. * First-

The following timeline will present you with a brief history of the major events surrounding the issue of gay rights. 1. 1924
* The Society for Human Rights in Chicago becomes the country's earliest known gay rights organization * Society for Human Rights in Chicago- ‘to promote and to protect the interests of people who by reasons of mental and physical abnormalities are abused and hindered in the legal pursuit of happiness which is guaranteed them by the Declaration of Independence, and to combat the public prejudices against them by dissemination of facts according to modern science among intellectuals of mature age. The Society stands only for law and order; it is in harmony with any and all general laws insofar as they protect the rights of others, and does in no manner recommend any acts in violation of present, laws nor advocate any matter inimical to the public welfare.’ 2. 1973

* Maryland becomes the first state to define marriage as a union between one man and one woman 3. 1982
* Wisconsin becomes the first state to outlaw discrimination based on sexual orientation. more than 20 will follow...
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