The debate over same-sex marriage has not been settled in this country. Instead, the militant homosexual lobby has simply declared that the debate is over and is trying to shut down conversation. The manner in which they are bullying their opposition into silence is by pushing the idea of homosexual marriage as a "civil right. Of course, if one admits that homosexual marriage is a "civil right", then to deny the legitimacy of same-sex marriage puts one in the same category as racists who would deny blacks the right to vote - and as we will see, advocates of same-sex marriage are pushing comparisons to the old Jim Crow laws against race mixing to frighten their opponents into silence. In this article, we will examine why homosexual marriage is in no way a "civil right.
This timeline provides information about the gay rights movement in the United States from to the present: including the Stonewall riots; the contributions of Harvey Milk; the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy; the first civil unions; the legalization of same-sex marriage in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York; and more. Go to International Policies on Same-Sex Marriage for an updated list on which countries have legalized gay marriage. Caffe Cino is credited with starting the Off-Off-Broadway theater movement. Patrons of a gay bar in New York's Greenwich Village, the Stonewall Inn, fight back during a police raid on June 27 , sparking three days of riots. Harvey Milk runs for city supervisor in San Francisco.
Since the birth of the U. These attempts at legal change have met with some success, yet a fundamental issue for gay and lesbian couples, that of same-sex marriage, has found strong resistance, even from supporters of gay rights. Same-sex marriage is controversial not only because it would require legal change but also because it raises a host of issues surrounding the definitions of marriage and family. The issue is packed with social and cultural beliefs and symbols that force parties to the debate to examine basic assumptions about how social life should be ordered. Though the overwhelming majority of opposition comes from heterosexuals, there are also some gays and lesbians who have doubts about the wisdom of same-sex marriage.
Ireland is now the only country in the world to have chosen to permit same-sex marriage, by popular vote. The recent Irish referendum was a national act of inclusion and liberation for gay and lesbian people. But it was also a powerful statement to the rest of the world from a country, once considered to be among the most socially conservative. The decision by the Irish people will encourage LGBT people in all those countries where they are still denied the right to marry. And it will give hope and comfort to those in places where homosexuals are persecuted and denied their basic human rights.