Entering the University of Michigan is something to celebrate in itself. However, doing it the same year that gay marriage was legalized is a bonus. This is a legendary year. Gay marriage or just identifying as gay has been looked down upon for so long. In the 1940s and 1950s, many men and women were fired from jobs, sent home from the military and were denied jobs just because they were suspected to be homosexual. That being said, the LGBTQ community has been experiencing inequality for as long as many can remember, but the first open support for homosexuals occurred as the first organized gay rights group known as the Society for Human Rights in Chicago in December of 1924. As the years went on, the LGBT community has underwent a multitude of illegalities such as police brutality, being labeled as “diseased” and many others. Although homosexuality has been looked down upon, they have generally been able to overcome the physical and emotional abuse that they have been subject to. For instance, in the past, open homosexuals were not able to do thing such as marry, serve in the military, and hold public office positions. However, gays can now serve in the military due to the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy passed in 1993, gays can now hold public office positions (Elaine Noble, 1975), and gay marriage was just nationally legalized.
All in all, as time progressed, people have learned to be more liberal and have come to accept the idea of same- sex relationships. I find the legalizing of same sex relationships significant because it gives many Americans the right to be with who they want with less problems. Although homosexuals may not be treated as equals to heterosexuals, they have taken the first step to equality by making the government recognize them as citizens, which is a big step. Out of all the things that happened this year, this is one of the most important to me because I have friends as well as family members who identify with the LGBTQ community. The legalization of gay marriage made a big difference in my life as well as the lives of the people around me because they now have the ability to be with the person of their choice without having to deal with the opposition pertaining to the legality of the relationship. There will always be a person that disagrees with the idea of same sex relationships, but it is legal now so there is not much that they can do about it