Homosexuality: Should It Be a Crime?

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Kadesha Williams
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Sherry Covington
09 April 9, 2013

Homosexuality: Is It A Crime?

“God created Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve.” This is the response many give when asked a question regarding homosexuality. I do not understand what the big deal is about someone being “Homosexual.” There are many other things that people do that should be considered more seriously as crimes than homosexuality, such as racism and abortion. ‘Queers’, ‘Gays’, ‘Faggots’, and ‘Dikes,’ these are terms associated with being homosexual. They are really hurting and depressing to the people they are aimed towards. Being homosexual is not a crime because they are people just like everybody else and should be treated the same, regardless of their sexual orientation. Since coming to America, or even during biblical times, there were laws made regarding homosexuality. The bible stated “Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman; that is detestable (Leviticus 18:22) But settlers came to America, so did homosexuality. As a result, in 1641, Massachusetts created The Body of Laws. In this, one crime was deemed capital (punishable by death): Homosexuality. The Pennsylvania colony did not believe that homosexuality should be a capital crime, and instead made laws that “such persons [homosexuals] shall be whipt.” (Kuhn 10) after the American Revolution, states adopted similar philosophies, such as imprisonment and fines. Homosexuals deserve the same respect as heterosexuals do. The declaration of Independence does not say all men, except homosexuals, have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. It states “… All men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights [rights that can not be taken away], that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.” (The American Vision 74) Abortion. At first, many people were outraged at such an idea but as time progressed, people slowly started...
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