Essay about Gay Rights

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Gay Rights

Throughout history, homosexuality has been looked down upon and legislated against. The law has prohibited any type of behavior outside of the heterosexual relationship. This deviant behavior has included not only homosexuality butalso fornication, adultery, oral, and anal sex. Originally, religious laws prohibited these types of behavior; then civil laws followed suit. The reasoning for these prohibitions is that marriagebetween a man and a woman is the cornerstone of society. "The idea of a man,a woman, and children is what civilization is based on." Therefore, any acts outside of a heterosexual marriage are viewed by fundamentalists as an erosion of society as stated by the Church ofJesus Christ of Latter-day
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They have had varying degrees of successin the courts, but the publicity surrounding these cases have benefited them by giving them more exposure in the media, which has resulted in a more favorable view toward them in society.

The 9th and 14th amendments are two toolsused by homosexuals in courts to advance their civil liberties and rights. The 9th amendment providesfor the "enumeration of the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparageothers retained by the people (Sexual Orientation and human Rights). " Thisbasically means that if you are an individual you have the right to personal autonomy and therefore theright to privacy. "Certain rights" in the 9th amendment has been argued to include the right ofprivacy. The 14th amendment includes the Equal Protection clause which reads in part asfollows:"...[N] or shall any state...deny to any people in its jurisdiction the equal protectionof the laws." This includes the rights of life, liberty, or property. Homosexuals have arguedthese two provisions in numerous court cases. USConstitution They are an invitation to arguments about what isright and just for a group of people that a minority has taken a positionto fight for equality. This is a movement similar to the Civil Rights Movement, which sought to peacefullysettle the discrimination against racial minorities. Decided by theSupreme Court of the United States in 1986,

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