According to the Bible, God created man and women; men to be the husband to a women and women to be a wife to the man. According to Genesis 2:24-25, the Bible refers to Adam and Eve as the first husband and wife. The Bible states, "Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed." Also in the bible under Ephesians 5:28,33 it states "So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself. Nevertheless let each one of you in particular so love his own wife as himself." Since then times have changed drastically. The first publicly noted homosexual act was a photograph going back to 2400 B.C. The individuals are Khnumhotep and Niankhkhnum of ancient Rome, they were said to be brothers or perhaps twins. In the photograph, they appear to being kissing (noses touching) with their arms inner twined within each other. Sexuality is broken down into three categories: Bisexuality, Heterosexuality, and Heterosexual-Homosexual Continuum. Four categories of Heterosexual-Homosexual Continuum are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender. This is also known as LGBT. Homosexuality in the dictionary is defined as sexual desire or behavior directed toward a person or persons of one's own sex according to homosexuality according to (n.d.). Dictionary.com Unabridged. Retrieved March 22, 2010, from Dictionary.com website: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/homosexuality. Homosexuality is a Greek and Latin hybrid word meaning “Same.” Today, the multi-colored rainbow flag is a symbol of homosexual pride also referred as gay pride. The flag originally had eight colors but now consist of six. The six colors and meanings are: Red for life, Orange for healing, Yellow for sunlight, Green for nature, Blue for harmony, and Purple for spirit. The two colors removed were Pink for sex and Turquoise for art and magic.
Many psychologist and scientist wonder where you officially become homosexual. According to David W. Gregg, PhD, Homosexuality, June 2004 writes “It is clear to me that our sexual attraction preferences are genetically carried. They are not learned after birth. However, our genes contain two distinctly different sexual attraction programs. One is for females insuring they are attracted to males, and the other is for males insuring they are attracted to females. Both options are available at conception. A selection is made during the development of the fetus.” Many would disagree with him. It is yet to be determined that homosexuality is neither developed from birth nor learned. Some people believe it is developed at the stages of puberty that it is not learned after birth. There are four phase of homosexuality. The first stage is sensitizing. This means the individuals is noticing the attraction to the same sex gender. This phase can happen before or around puberty. Puberty, also known as the stage of adolescence which an individual becomes physiologically capable of sexual reproduction, usually develops around the ages of 8-13. The second stage is identity confusion. In this stage, an individual starts to feel confused, and maybe very interest in the same sex. They notice feelings and certain behaviors. They may feel angry or upset, confused, embarrassed or excited towards these thoughts or feelings. Perhaps this is the hardest stage for young individuals. This stage is high for suicides, mental health issues, depression and lead to substance abuse. The third stage is accepting their identity. Once accepted, the individual can discover positive sides to being homosexual. In this stage, the individual may begin to announce that they are homosexual or have homosexual feelings. The final stage is commitment. They can begin to feel comfortable and know that people accept their feeling for who they are. The stage is also known as “coming out.” Currently within the United States homosexual men are prohibited from donating blood. This ban was established in 1983. It states that all males who have had sex with another male since 1977 should be “deferred” from donating blood according to the FDA, June 2009, http://www.fda.gov/BiologicsBloodVaccines/BloodBloodProducts/QuestionsaboutBlood/ucm108186.htm. Studies and test show that this form of lifestyle tends to have high risk on AIDS, Hepatitis B, and other infections. Currently within the United Stated, only five out of fifty states are legally able to wed homosexuals. These states are New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Iowa and Washing D.C. On October 12, 2009, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed the law for same-sex marriages. This followed the passage of Proposition 8. The Proposition 8 was a ballot or over rides the marriage of man and women only. From February 12 to March 11, over four thousand same-sex marriages were conducted. Couples travelled all over the United States to legally get homosexually married. On august 12th, due to the mayor lack of authority to bypass the state law, California State Supreme Court ruled that’s all married was void. As of now, the United States only has six states that can perform legal same-sex marriages. According to the Unites States Constitution, everyone has the right for freedom of assembly. With this being said, it comes down to a moral issue. Your thoughts and feeling can also come from your cultural background. Despite your personal beliefs, we have to all respect each other because everyone is different.
1. Homosexuality. (n.d.). Dictionary.com Unabridged. Retrieved March 22, 2010, from Dictionary.com website: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/homosexuality
2. David W. Gregg, PhD, Homosexuality, June 2004 , http://www.krysalis.net/homosexuality.htm
3. FDA, June 2009, http://www.fda.gov/BiologicsBloodVaccines/BloodBloodProducts/QuestionsaboutBlood/ucm108186.htm