Gay Marriage: A Modern Civil Rights Issue Descriptive Essay by Nicky

Gay Marriage: A Modern Civil Rights Issue
This essay is about the the struggle for equal rights by gays.
# 148063 | 886 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2011 | US
Published on Aug 30, 2011 in Gender and Sexuality (Homosexuality) , Hot Topics (Same-Sex Marriage)

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This is a brief essay on the struggle for equal rights by gays. It looks at various court cases that helped gays champion equal civil rights in society. It discusses what the struggle was and why it took so long to achieve. It concludes with a look at the three branches of government and how legislative body was the most important in helping provide equal rights for gays.

From the Paper:

"One of the reasons that gay rights took so much longer to achieve--and in fact they still are not fully protected, and do not have the same rights as other individuals--is because the issue was not as clear cut as it is for gender, race, and other areas of protection (Stanford). One of the main causes behind this is that for a long time, it was assumed that homosexuality was actually a type of mental illness, and that engaging in homosexual behavior would be detrimental to the participants' health. But in 1973, the American Psychological Association announced that they would be removing homosexuality from the list of recognized mental illnesses, as growing numbers of researchers and doctors realized that it represented fairly normal sexual behavior (Head par. 17)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Cornell. "Civil Rights: An Overview." Cornell University Law School Website. Accessed 15 April 2009.
  • Head, Tom. "The American Gay Rights Movement: A Short History." Accessed 15 April 2009.
  • Stanford. "Civil Rights." Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Accessed 15 April 2009.

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