Legendary Year

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

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N. Martin

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7 thoughts on “Legendary Year

  1. To be brutally honest I am completely against homosexuality, but to be quite honest with you I have absolutely no problem with homosexuality. Not all of us think the same and we all have our own opinions. I think everyone should have the freedom to do and love who they please. It should not be unlawful to be gay, lesbian, queer, or however you may identify yourself as. In my belief it is wrong but that is simply one mans opinion. My opinion should not matter to anyone but myself! If you believe in something then you should stand up for what you believe in no matter what it is or what the cause is. Everyone must stand their ground somewhere and if gay marriage is what you believe in then you should join the ,mission and help change the laws for gay marriage. You were put on this earth to do special and world changing things. Everyone has a gift and you should utilize your gift to the best of your ability or you are doing the world and most importantly yourself a disservice! I do agree 100% everyone should have the freedom of choice in who their partner should be. We are all not created equally but we should all be treated equally! The government should not have a say in what you do or how you do it. Equality- The state of being equal, especially in status, rights, and opportunities. If we do not have the same choice in the status we choose to label ourselves at we are not equal. There for what ever you stand for believe in it and hod your ground with everything you have got because it is only right that we all have the same opportunities as one another.

  2. I feel as though there is still many people who discriminate and persecute gays. I believe that American society is taking another step in the right direction to equality. Though it still might take sometime little steps turn into big leaps over time. Personally, I welcome everyone. I see everyone as equal and only judge by actions and words not by appearance. I completely believe everyone should allow to pursue what makes them happy. I really liked your article keep it up.

  3. I found your essay to be really appealing. I think overall it was well written, but I think there were a few times where you could have started a new paragraph. For example, in the beginning of your essay you gave the audience some historical background by saying “In the 1940’s and 1950’s….” That could have been the start to your first body paragraph.

  4. I think your observations about gay rights and the legalization on gay marriage pretty much line up with mine. I don’t think its fair how people were discriminated against because of their sexual preference and now that gay marriage is legal, gay couples receive the same marriage rights as heterosexual couples.

  5. I found your essay to be really appealing. I think overall it was well written, but I think there were a few times where you could have started a new paragraph. For example, in the beginning of your essay you gave the audience some historical background by saying “In the 1940′s and 1950′s….” That could have been the start to your first body paragraph.

  6. I could really feel the passion in your writing and it made the piece exciting to read knowing the amount of effort and enthusiasm that went into it.

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