Gay Marriage Essay

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Gay Marriage Shanna Marie Fulwood PHI 200 Mind and Machine Wendy Conaway November 14 2011 There are many ethical debates out in the media right now. A major one that has recently been brought to the forefront, thanks to Kim Kardashian, is gay marriage. For 72 days she has what many in the gay community have been fighting for. If straights can divorce after less than 3 months of marriage, go to Vegas and get married with any Joe off the street they meet, and a young woman can marry an older man just for money, then why cannot two people of the same sex who love each other get married? Because there are people who believe that allowing gays to marry would ruin the “sanctity” of marriage. I personally believe that two people in love should be allowed to marry whoever they wish. I will present both sides of this argument, why it should be allowed and why it should not. I will also give my point of view on this subject at the end. The History of Anti-Gay Discrimination can be traced back “before the growth of the Gay movement in1970” (Chauncey, 2005, pg. 5). Fifty years ago LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) festivals, meets, and even televisions shows were not only nonexistent but also not allowed or band. Rules, regulations, and laws, such as the Hays Code that Hollywood established in the 1930’s, were placed in effect to help ban the representation of gays in the media (Chauncey, 2005). Homosexuality was such a major issue that “shortly after becoming president in 1953, Dwight Eisenhower issued an executive order that banned homosexuals from government employment, civilian, as well as military, and required companies with government contracts to ferret out and fire their gay employees” (Chauncey, 2005, pg. 6). It took until 1975 for the ban to be lifted. But even to this day, in any government position, especially the military,

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