The Issue Of Same Sex Marriage Essay

1310 Words May 20th, 2015 null Page
Throughout history and across the globe and across many cultures, those with same-sex desires have been a part of and accepted and sometimes welcomed by their communities (ancient Greece is a fantastic example.) It was not until the beginning of the 20th century did homosexuality become associated with negative things such as communism, destruction of the sanctity of marriage, and most importantly the destruction of family values. Throughout the years, homosexuality has been judged as a mental illness, it has been labeled a crime, and considered a sin. Because of America is more conservative and accepts heterosexuality as the only acceptable sexual orientation and the fact that the LGBT community was heavily discriminated against in the past and even today in America, the history is definitely ignored from contemporary debates on the topic of same-sex marriage. In many ways, the heterosexism is exactly like the patriarchy and racism and all three issues have been dealt with the same way; the parts that make America look bad are omitted.

In the late 18th century and early 19th century, commercial and industrial growth in the United States, more specifically the northern states, and the migration of people due to the end of slavery in the south all impacted sexuality in America. In the early colonial era there the focus was mainly on reproduction because developing colonies needed a bigger population to help it thrive. Despite the need for procreation, there was a major lack…

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