When we talk about marriage, we envision a beautiful bride walking down the aisle on her fathers arm. Dressed in her gorgeous long white flowing gown with train and veil, being delivered to her anxious groom waiting at the alter. The church is full of family and friends all gathering to celebrate the Love and Union of the happy couple. Getting married is a dream most everyone hopes to have fulfilled someday. But whom we marry depends on the heart.
It has become a big debate on whether or not Gay and Lesbian couples should be able to legally get married. Marriage is a Celebration of Love and Commitment. Not just a License to have legal options and children. While these unions are not approved by the church and some government sectors, it does not impede on traditional marriage. But times have changed as with many things that have evolved over the centuries, so has the way people live their lives. We are in a different age. While some choose to live by the old ways, change is inevitable and so is the way we see the world. Equality is a very strong issue among a lot of different communities such as the Native Americans, African Americans, and all walks of life. Whether it is about legal issues or just plain recognition. Many people continue to believe the propaganda from right-wing religious organizations that homosexuality is about nothing but sex, considering it to be merely a sexual perversion. The reality is that homosexuality is multidimensional, and is much more about love and affection than it is about sex. And this is what gay relationships are based on mutual attraction, love and affection. Sex, in a committed gay relationship, is merely a means of expressing that love, just the same as it is for heterosexuals. Being gay is much more profound than simply a sexual relationship; being gay is part of that person's core identity, and goes right the very center of his being. It's like being black in a society of whites, or a blonde European in a nation of black-haired Asians. Yes, being gay is just that profound to the person who is. This is something that few heterosexuals can understand unless they are part of a minority themselves. On June 27, 1969 a bar in Greenwich Village named the Stonewall Inn was raided by police. It began one of the biggest riots of our century. Prior to that summer there was little public expression of the lives and experiences of gays and lesbians. The Stonewall Riots marked the beginning of the gay liberation movement that has transformed the oppression of gays and lesbians into calls for pride and action. In the past twenty-five years we have all been witness to an astonishing flowering of gay culture that has changed this country and beyond, forever. Gay and Lesbian couples all over the globe fight for the privilege to marry, whether it is for social acceptance or financial security. Currently, more than 20 lawsuits seeking same-sex marriage rights are being pursued in 11 states [Kavan Peterson, Stateline.org]
Anthropological research supports the conclusion that a vast array of family types, including families built upon same-sex partnerships, can contribute to stable and humane societies [Roger Lancaster, Anthropologist, author, The Trouble with Nature: Sex in Science and Popular Culture]. Groups that see marriage as seriously threatened by same-sex unions are pushing for a constitutional amendment defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman. Places that have legalized same-sex marriage (the Netherlands, Belgium, along with Ontario and British Columbia), Massachusetts (nearly) and those that have formally recognized same-sex civil unions (Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, France, Portugal, San Francisco and Vermont), do not herald the collapse of Western civilization. Rather they see a humane extension of essential rights and universal functions of this most adaptable institution [USA Today]. Same-sex couples aren't the optimum environment...
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