Although homosexuals have been fighting for these rights since the late 1800s, the issue never received nearly as much publicity until around the 2004 election when Congress gave the states the right to choose their view on this issue.
Democrats and liberals feel that these individuals deserve the same rights that all of us have because we are all human, the Constitution says "All men are created equal," and that we practically did the same thing with the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s and 60s. Republicans, conservatives, and many Christian groups feel that homosexuals should not be given the same rights for various reasons including their own thoughts that homosexuality is a disease or mental illness, that it has no social benefit, (i.e. impossible to bear children) and that the Bible doesn't allow it (see Leviticus 18:22). There have been many arguments about these issues which have also brought into question where to draw the line between the Seperation of Church and State.
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In other words, a gay or lesbian person can be denied or fired from a job, refused an apartment or right to buy a house, be denied a hotel room, be denied service at a restaurant, or entrance to a club or credit simply because of who they are in 35 states and can't do a damn thing legally about the injustice! Technically, a heterosexual can be discriminated against too!
There are no federal laws in place to protect gay and lesbian people from such discrimination. Although a bill is pending in Congress that would at least outlaw workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation, the republican controlled Congress won't allow it to come up for a vote on the floor!!! Some republicans claim we need hearings to determine the need, but refuse to hold any. Others like to point to costly frivolous lawsuits as an excuse for not supporting it, yet fail to reconcile that against their own claims that homosexuals only make up 1% of the US population! Others who make religious objections, refuse to admit that the bill provides exceptions to religious organizations!
Further, passing such laws would not stifle free speech against homosexuals anymore than existing laws against religious bigotry outlaw the right to speak against religious extremism!
Contrary to the assertions of right-wing religious extremists these are not special rights but an extension of civil rights that heterosexuals and other minorities take for granted. We already have laws that protect against religious bigotry, which is a choice and a benign characteristic unlike race or gender. Thus a person's choice to live openly as a homosexual should be extended the same protections under the law.
In regards to homosexual relationships, gay and lesbian couples currently only have some form of legal protection of their relationships in 4 states through either marriage, civil unions or domestic partnerships. Since such arrangements are only recognized in 4 states, gay relationships have no protection in 46 states!
These protections among other things offer security to the couples and promote stability!Such relationships, for example, assure that their assets won't be stolen by the family of a deceased partner upon death leaving the surviving partner in the street. Again, marriage, or whatever you wish to call it, is a right to security that heterosexuals take for granted that extends beyond procreation. Gays and Lesbians shouldn't have to incur unnecessary costs trying to provide for their partner through costly legal documents that are often challenged in court by families and invalidated!
Gay Americans should have some right in the USA to legally have their relationships recognized as a basic human right!
Moreover, I do not think there needs to be a movement to afford gay people more "rights". The government can take a stance on this and not allow marriages much in the same way it does not allow explicit material on billboards to advertise a porn film.
I agree that homosexuals should not be hated upon. That does not mean society has to accept homosexuality as a good thing. Love the person, hate the act.