Should homosexuals be given the same rights as heterosexuals?
Since the historical Stonewall Riots in New York City (June 28, 1969) against the police by homosexuals, the gay liberation movement began. It was a time when homosexuals could finally fight for who they are. But did anyone ever expect to be hated and condemned for who they are? Did they question the power some people can have to turn their world around for better or worse? Or worse, did they think that they would never be able to be who they truly were without having to have fear for their lives. In order for everyone to truly be equal, acceptance and tolerance must be given.
Ever since the pilgrims came to the Americas they had one objective, freedom. Ralph Waldo Emerson counseled self-reliance so we could “intuit our true callings and choose to pursue the paths that made us most ourselves” (Frank 2). By not giving homosexuals the same rights as heterosexuals, the government is taking away homosexuals rights to an equal quality of life that they deserve. Some heterosexuals believe that homosexuality is a choice and is unnatural. But although heterosexuals believe in the choice of homosexuality, homosexuals believe that it is an “undeniable force or a deep-seated feeling that they must respect if they are to be true to themselves” (Frank 2). Nathaniel Frank, author of “Gay Is a Choice?” once expressed his opinion on the matter stating that “[people] cast other spheres of identity---particularly religion---as matters of unchosen conviction and deep principle” (Frank 2). Frank believes that we are given the right to participate our religion but why can’t homosexuals “honor their callings” (Frank 2). Many heterosexuals don’t view homosexuality as a choice, which leads to some taking action into their own deadly hands.
Over the last ten years, more than twelve thousand hate crimes have been reported due to sexual orientation. Malcolm Lazin from Equality Forum said “last year twenty-nine gay,...
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