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Samantha Adams
2/8 Discussion
Fri Feb 8, 2013 11:55am
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I am planning to write about gay rights. While I am a straight woman, I still feel very strongly about people who are not straight having all of the same rights as I do. I am interested in learning about the progress gay rights have made, as well as where they have not progressed in recent years. I would like to learn about people who have played an important role in the gay rights movement, and how they contributed to the advancement. I’m interested in learning about different state laws pertaining to gay rights and marriage, including those for and against it. Why do they pass amendments that can be detrimental to some people, whether they are gay or not? How do people hold the belief that they can dictate others lives based on their own, usually religious, beliefs? How can it be ok to prevent someone from seeing their loved one in the hospital because they can’t legally marry? I would like to learn about how gays feel about the mixed opinions across the country, and what their goals are in this movement.

I realize when writing this paper I can’t let my personal opinions and attitude reflect in my writing. I have a genuine interest in the history of gay rights and what the future may bring, whether it is progress or even the opposite. I hope to gain knowledge in this paper that can help me express my opinion in a more educated way when debating the topic with those who disagree with me. I also find it better to know what you’re talking about, than to just make it up as you go along, as some people do. I hope to not be bothered while researching about those who are against gay rights, even when I believe them to be extremely ignorant. When it comes to gay rights I believe George Takei, a strong gay rights activist said it best, “You may not personally agree that women should be allowed in combat, or that same sex couples be allowed to marry. But your personal beliefs are just that--personal. They shouldn't dictate other people's lives, goals or happiness. Equality demands equal treatment under the law, nothing less.”

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