Throughout history, the plight for human rights and equality has been fought for by a vast amount of people. To this day there is still a struggle going on for gay and lesbian rights, now coupled with transgender equality as well. Gay and lesbian rights are not merely confined to having marriage equality, but also full legal and social equality as well. To this day, people are still fighting to reach the step towards full equality in not just American life, but life throughout the world as well.
While a majority of gay and lesbian people have remained quiet until modern times, the modern movement for equality has given power and voice to many. Throughout history, the general notion was the homosexuality was condemnable and morally wrong. History, especially in the United States, deemed homosexuality and linked behavior as criminal offenses, ever since the colonial period where sodomy was identified and given criminal laws against the act. Many advocates seek to repeal this.
When someone expresses that they are for gay and lesbian rights, essentially they mean that they are supporters of freedom for those who are gay or lesbian. This means that they are supporters of antidiscrimination laws and also support the repealing of any criminal labels thwarting the subgroups. Those who fight for gay and lesbian rights seek to give homosexuals and bisexuals the freedom that any free straight person may have, in both home and professional life.
While much advancement has been made over time, it’s true to state that the fight is not yet over. In June 2015, the United States Supreme Court ruled a decision on gay marriage equality. Though this was a great step towards full equality for gays and lesbians alike, there is still much progress to be made. There are still many people who are opposing marriage equality and bringing challenges to the table to be faced, and there are still many disadvantages faced by the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered people (LGBT), including discrimination both subtle and blunt.
It is many peoples notion that human rights should not be deprived from certain people and subgroups, including ethnicity, race, gender, or sexuality. Referring to statistics dating from 2015 back to 1977 via Gallup.com, those who agreed that gay or lesbian relations between adults should be legal drastically changed from 44% in 1977 to 68% in 2015, while those who stated they believed it should not be legal had the opposite effect, dropping to 28% in 2015. The same can also be said for the belief in the validity of gay marriage versus traditional straight marriage. It’s important to acknowledge the advances made for these rights, but still be aware there are large hurdles and challenges ahead.
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