Essay On Same Sex Marriage Civil Rights

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Marriage. It is traditionally defined by many as the social institution of bringing together a man and woman in special forms of dependence for the purpose of maintaining families. The presence of same-sex marriage has been an undesired topic by many, but has recently gained a larger presence in modern society through protests, marches, and the legalization of same-sex marriage in all fifty states. However, some question if same-sex rights are indeed civil rights due to definitions and literature; I believe the question could be simply answered as, “yes.”
The civil rights movement for same-sex individuals goes back many decades. These rights include but are not limited to: employment, housing and public accommodation. In some states these rights are allowed to be legally discriminated against. To be exact, in twenty-two states there are laws for non-discrimination. This means that before same-sex marriage was legalized in every state of the United States, it was legal for homosexuals to marry but also for a workplace to fire someone for being homosexual in certain states. There are already non-discrimination laws today that “include things like race, age, religion and disability.” (Brown) The ultimate priority right now and in the future is to add sexual orientation to that list of groups. Without guaranteeing that civil right to homosexuals it seems that we are just suppressing another
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Even though it is a topic that is undesired by approximately less than half of the population, it has gained a larger presence in society through protests, marches, and the legalization of same-sex marriage in all fifty states. After much expression, analysis, and reasoning one could finally realize that questioning whether or not same-sex rights are technically civil rights due to various definitions and literature can be simply worded with the answer of,

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