I believe that a social movement is a group of people who share a same view on a certain topic and try to achieve a goal that is relevant to the view they all share. My topic is gay marriage being legalized in the United States. I see this as a social movement because it is a group of people, lesbians, bisexuals, gays, and transsexuals (LBGT), supporters, friends and family coming together and fighting against the government and radicals, who think that gay marriage should not be legal and that they should have no rights at all, that marriage should only be between a man and a woman, not a man/man or woman/woman. Along with gay marriage come many other rights also. There is the right to marry, the right to adopt children, and many other rights that people are fighting towards everyday. In Indiana, it is legal for same sex couple to adopt, or if you are with a person who already has children from a previous relationship, that partner is allowed to adopt the children.
There are many organizations that are helping fight toward the right for equal marriage. Some include PFLAG, which help parents who have gay children, understand what their children are going through and for them not to feel alone or anything of that matter. Another group is called FCK H8, which is a group of people who support gay marriage and any sort of gay rights.
Some gay rights activists can be radical and some are normal everyday people who think that everyone should have equal rights. These laws affect me personally. I believe that all people, men and women, should be able to have equal rights. I just do not fully understand why some people will not let others have the rights that they have. It does not affect them personally, taxes do not go up, jobs will all be the same, so to me, I do not understand why it would matter.
There are a major number of church’s in the United States now that do not accept gays at all. According to the Christian belief, gays are big sinners and will go tot hell for what they do. In Bloomington, Indiana, there are seven churches alone that are gay friendly, and in Fort Wayne, there are eight. I am a Christian and also a member of the LBGT, and I believe that I will not be going to hell for my actions. I have been a witness to Christians judging and being harsh toward the gay community, and I have always been taught not to judge.
Some radicals have done many harsh things to push gay rights. Throughout history, there have always been people who push the limits and sometimes those people get what the fought for, and sometimes they do not.
Gay marriage is legal in 9 states, Connecticut, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Vermont and Washington, as well as the District of Columbia, and is being fought for in a couple more states, hopefully soon to follow and make it legal for anyone to marry whom they choose. The gay rights movement in the United States has been going on for years and years now, just like any big movement and will not fully be over until what they are fighting over is finished and the right for gays to marry being illegal is abolished. In 2012, The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity issued a regulation to prohibit discrimination in housing programs. The new regulations ensure that the Department’s core housing programs are open to all eligible persons, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. So we are working slowly toward the rights that all Americans should be able to share together.
Many other countries have also started up on the gay marriage social movement. The first country to legalize gay marriage was the Netherlands in 2001. As of today, same-sex marriage is also recognized in Sweden, Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Iceland, Norway, South Africa, Spain, Portugal, Denmark, Mexico, and Israel. Living in the United States has giving us the rights and privileges to stand up against the government and fight for what we believe is right. We have the right to say what we want, due to the Freedom of Speech. Although in other countries around the world, the gay community is not so lucky as we are here. People are getting persecuted all over for just being gay, and being sent to jail or even to the extreme of being killed. Even though we, in America, are still in the process of fighting for gay rights, at least we know we do not have it as bad as some places around the world.
In conclusion, gay marriage’s social movement has been going on for years now, and the LGBT is still working towards equal rights in the United States, even though many other countries are more advanced in this than us, I personally believe that it will not be long until all Americans can share equal love.