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Gay Rights: Why Do They Bother You?
Now that President Obama has come out in public stating that he supports gay rights in marriage and in other areas, the first US president to do so, how do you feel? Many Latino and Black are much more opposed to gay rights than white. Gay rights is also generational, if you are under 35, you tend to be more accustomed to them and accepting them. Older age groups tend to have more limited or no tolerance for such lifestyles. The older you are, you are most likely not in support of them at all.
Some families have same sex married couples and either biological kids or those created with a sperm donor. In the TV show, Modern Family, there are two men with a baby Asian girl. While the two men are actors, there are many real couples like them.
The Gay rights is a lightening rod issue. Some US states have denied most rights because this is a lifestyle choice and not the same as those with color, sex, age etc. Why should those who have a sexual orientation have similar rights? By approving these rights, the government endorses homosexuality. Since America is under God and christian values, gay rights and these values creates the issue. But, if you take the religious element out of this debate, it becomes more murky as to why a gay person should not have the same rights as a straight person on the job, in the workplace, in marriage. They are still human beings. Still are subject to all sorts of prejudice and hatred regardless of any laws passed.
Some gays are obvious, some are not. Some blend with the "real world" very well because they are responsible for their orientation and act accordingly. Others are more militant, more in your face about it. These may bring about some sort of change, but these are the ones that straights dislike the most because their actions impinge on their own rights. These gays refuse or do not blend with society. They actually give all of the gays a bad name.
But, why should you care if two men or women become legally married? Weird, yes. But, except for the sexual part, they do all the same things a man and a woman do in a marriage. A gay officer in the Army, still commands his troops and has to deal with the same issues as a "straight" officer. A gay office manager or neighbor, does the same things as a straight one does. As long as the gay person does not push their agenda or sexual aspect upon you, as a straight person, it should not matter unless you are simply stuck in a KKK-like mentality.
Twenty years ago, 25% of Americans favor gay rights, in 2011, 50%. The rights conversation has been going on since the 1960's with blacks, then women. Like the former groups who struggled for such rights, gays are also. But, as we all know, just because there are laws against discrimination, it never ends and never will.