LGBT+ Rights


Many people that are part of the LGBT+ community are discriminated against, especially those who are gay or lesbian. Being gay or lesbian means you are attracted to people who are the same gender as you. Many are discriminated against, just because they are different. It wasn’t until 2015 that same-sex marriage was legalized. At the time that it was legalized many people celebrated outside the supreme court while many protested. We need to stop discrimination against the LGBT+ community.

Same sex marriage got legalized in America on June 26th, 2015, however, discrimination didn’t stop just because same-sex marriage was legalized. A Wikipedia page on gay marriage states, “The decision is a historic victory for gay rights activists who have fought for years in lower courts. Thirty seven states and the District of Columbia already recognize marriage equality. The remaining 13 states ban this union even though support is at a nationwide high.” Many people hate the LGBT+ community because they think it’s wrong. We need to spread the message that no matter what you should support the LGBT+ community. Hate against the LGBT+ community and gay marriage went down and people were more accepted, many wanted to stop gay marriage. Many people who are part of the LGBT+ community get harassed because they are being who they really are.  An example of discrimination is mainly when there are no facts to back whatever they said. Or there might be facts but they aren’t true or based on opinion.

Many people argue that gay marriage is wrong, but that is not true. TFP Student Action argues that, “Calling something marriage does not make it marriage. Marriage has always been a covenant between a man and a woman which is by its nature ordered toward the procreation and education of children and the unity and well being of the spouses.” This claim is false and the people who wrote this article are just trying to discriminate against the LGBT+ community. Google’s definition of marriage is “The legally or formally recognized union of two people as partners in a personal relationship” This does not say anything about only a man and a woman.

The first time two gay people tried to marry each other was in the 1970s. Another Wikipedia page on the timeline of same-sex marriage states, “On 18 May 1970, two University of Minnesota students, Richard John Jack Baker and James Michael McConnell applied to Hennepin County District Court clerk Gerald Nelson for a marriage license. He denied the application, because the applicants were both men. Baker and McConnell sued Nelson, claiming Minnesota law on marriage made no mention of gender. The trial court was not impressed with the argument, agreeing with Nelson. The state Supreme Court agreed with the lower court. When Baker and McConnell went to the Minnesota Supreme Court, the court rejected their lawsuit in Baker v Nelson.” Even though there were no laws against gay marriage the supreme court didn’t let them get a marriage license. The couple was harassed for trying to get marriage. They decided to break up after all the harassment. It is horrible how they were treated because of who they are. This happens many times to people of the LGBT+ Community.

Discrimination against people of the LGBT+ community are unnecessary. We need to spread the message that hate is not necessary and we shouldn’t spread rumors and lies about the LGBT+ community. Hopefully discrimination against the LGBT+ will end so everyone will be equal. Everyone needs to learn to stop discriminating. We are all humans and discriminating against someone’s sexual orientation or gender identity should not be what we are worrying about. See this site for a history of the LGBT+ Community.

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