Homosexual and Heterosexual Rights Comparison Essay by Master Researcher

Homosexual and Heterosexual Rights
Examines how homosexual civil rights differ from heterosexual rights, using works by Hobbes, Kant and Locke to explore the issue.
# 41742 | 1,150 words | 4 sources | 2002 | US
Published on Oct 28, 2003 in Law (Civil) , Gender and Sexuality (Homosexuality) , Philosophy (General)

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This paper will consider the question as to whether or not homosexuals ought to have the same civil and contractual/legal rights as heterosexual persons. This paper will explore this by analyzing, through moral philosophy, a rationale for the difference between heterosexuals and homosexuals and specifically, for the ways these differences are used to deny rights to legal marriage, adoption of children and/or custody of children and to share as a legal partner in loss and insurance claims. Moral theory might help to frame an inquiry into how this works, in a civil society. To explore this, with the intention of arriving at an answer to the question, we will first refer to Hobbes' arguments for a law of social contracts, followed by a consideration of Kant's moral imperatives and concluding with a closer reading of Locke's notes on identity and diversity.

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