The Influence Of Gay Marriage

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Marriage is a concept older than any society or religion. It has gone through many changes through history and across the world. The idea of what defines a marriage has really heated up during the 20th century. In the late 60’s there was some scuttles with the police and gay areas in Ontario and New York. These started to lay a foundation down of what right a government has to interfere with a group of people that are causing no harm Through the 70 's the HIV/AIDS crisis came unfolding many ideas about the gay community. Before gay groups lived on the margins of cities not much interacting with the government. Many people suddenly saw their family members fall ill after constantly going out to questionable parts of the city. At the time the …show more content…
. HIV/AIDS was ironically the main catalyst that basically started the equality movement. When gays were turned away from the hospitals as their partner were dying, they began to ask why they weren 't considered a spouse. If they shared property, money, and everything else then why couldn 't they? They began to seek change and as with most change the government was quick to crack down. This time period saw many states ban gay marriage in their constitution during the late 90’s. Many studies were published and as the studies and celebrities began to come out, society 's idea of what being gay meant. Being gay is not a disease, something to hide, or even something to shame. Being gay is being attracted to the same sex; that 's it. There still has been much backlash between various religious groups ,but as a secular society where religion should not have any influence in what a government decides. Therefore LGBT citizens should have full and equal …show more content…
This way of viewing it is incredible small minded because the idea of marriage has always been changing. For instance even today most of Africa and all of the middle east currently has polygamy and concubines legal. Indonesia which is the 4th largest country in the world currently has concubines legal in all provinces. Yet let 's say they ignore this and choose to view that it sacrifices the “european marriage”. Marriage used to be a way of making alliances in medieval Europe. If you wanted to unite your kingdom with another against a common foe you would send your daughter to get married to a man she has never even met! You could even look in the bible to see non “traditional marriages”. King Solomonn for example was said to have 700 wives and on top of that 300 concubines. Even American mormons practiced polygamy before the federal government put a stop to it. The western world loves to see the Roman world as something akin to a golden age. Hence where the word romanticize comes from. Yet at 2 of the Roman empires were known to have a same sex marriage.Adelphopoiesis also known as brother making is seen as an early form of gay marriage among orthodox christian churches. Long bonds were made over these ceremonies. A typical ceremony of brother making included holding the right hands reciting a prayer and a ceremonial kiss. Sounds very familiar to today 's marriages. Meanwhile

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