Compare And Contrast Gay Rights

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The Worldwide Contrast on Gay Rights
Imagine, a person trying to get married to their closest lover: you see them every day, that is until they are killed for their love. Around the world, gay people have been struggling to live, not having any sort of movement until recent centuries. This movement has started in a couple of countries; however, in comparison countries without a movement have terrible conditions for Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transexual (LGBT) people.
Gay rights have generally been accepted to start in the United States where LGBT people are still working hard for marriage rights. The United States has a deep rooted history when it comes to gay rights: “The Romans ' disapproval of homosexual relationships spread due to the rise
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The first attempt at a movement in Russia happened “at the same time, an anti-gay demonstration sanctioned by Moscow 's government was taking place near a metro station in the central part of the Russian capital. Protesters held up signs saying, ‘Moscow is not Sodom.’” (Kamenev 3). Although, at least they have some motivation to do one, the first attempt at a movement was pushed away by the government and the population. The cruelty of Russia’s government is also shown when “My Russian friend Sergei is a lean and gentle man. but when he recounts the years he languished in prison for the crime of loving another of his own sex his soft voice hardens and his impish grin disappears. Sergei is staying in California now on a student visa, and is scared to go back home” (Roleff 39). The homosexuals in Russia are unrightfully being criminalized for being who they are, and they are treated cruelly in prison to the point of being scared and afraid. Because of Russia cruel political beliefs and laws against identity and sexuality, …show more content…
In Ireland, “Friday, May 22, 2015, was a historic day in the Republic of Ireland. The country voted on a referendum to change its 78-year-old constitution, approving by popular vote an amendment that says, "Marriage may be contracted in accordance with law by two persons without distinction as to their sex." In other words, same-sex couples are now legally entitled to marry” (“Republic of Ireland Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage” 1). Ireland has surpassed even the United States in the rights movement, now entitling homosexuals to have full marriage rights, indiscriminately. The build up to this is even more empowering, considering that “Homosexuality was decriminalized in Ireland in 1993, and discrimination based on sexual orientation is now outlawed. Ireland also prohibits incitement to hatred based on sexual orientation. A survey conducted in 2008 showed that 84% of Irish people supported civil marriage or civil partnerships for gay and lesbian couples, with 58% supporting full marriage rights” (Gall, Gender Issues). Once again in contrast to Russia, Ireland’s public widely accepts homosexuality to the point of openly allowing and even wanting marriage rights for these people. Ireland is a huge change from Russia, and even takes a step beyond the United States by not only through public public acceptance, but also through the full endorsement from

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