Story by: NAJA BUTLER / Paul Robeson High School
What if you couldn’t get married, get an education, or buy a house just because of your height, your weight, or the color of your skin? How would you feel? That’s how homosexuals feel because they don’t have the same rights as heterosexuals. These rights include: getting married, visiting loved ones in hospitals, adopting children, finding employment, buying houses, getting an education, expecting protection from hate crimes.
The states that gave homosexuals their rights are: Iowa, Vermont, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Washington, Maryland, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and the District of Columbia. In this state, Pennsylvania, homosexuals can only adopt, BUT only if that person is single. Only 10 out of 50 states (and D.C.) give homosexuals their rights. Something is very wrong, shouldn’t it be 50 -out- of- 50 states that give homosexuals their rights?
Out of all these states Rhode Island and New Jersey only allow civil unions. New York, New Hampshire, and Maryland allow employment discrimination based on sexual orientation. Those same two states allow sexual orientation to be a factor when people purchase houses. In Iowa, Rhode Island, New York, and New Hampshire people are protected against hate crimes due to their sexual orientation. Everybody who dislikes homosexuals is just childish.
Don’t judge somebody just because of his or her sexual orientation. You should really get to know that person first; you never know what you might have a lot in common with a homosexual. Homosexuals are people just like you and me
On May 9, 2012 President Barack Obama told reporters at ABC News that he supports same-sex marriage. Obama even told them that his daughters, Malia & Sasha, have friends whose parents are same-sex couples. In his interview, he said, “I’ve always been adamant that gay and lesbian Americans should be treated fairly and equally.” He is correct.
Some celebrities who are homosexual are Boy George, Neil Patrick Harris, Stephen Fry, Sir Elton John, Sir Ian McKellen, Ricky Martin, Lance Bass, George Michael, Alexander McQueen; the list goes on and on. Just because they are famous they don’t get criticized for their sexual orientation, whereas regular, everyday people get criticized for their orientation. The famous have a wide audience and a lot of people respect them. Regular everyday people should get the same respect as celebrities.
In 2010, some 1,528 victims were targeted by for their sexual orientation– 57.3 percent were victims of anti-male homosexual bias, 27.5 percent were victims of bias against all homosexuals, 11.8 percent were victims of anti-female homosexual bias. 1.4 percent of these people were victims of anti-heterosexual bias, and 1.9 percent of the victims were the targets of anti-bisexual bias.
It doesn’t make any sense to target someone because of his or her sexual orientation. Just imagine if you were in their place, if a person wants to be homosexual, bisexual, or if they want to be heterosexual, just LEAVE THEM ALONE. Let them be who they want to be. Most importantly TREAT THEM HOW YOU WOULD WANT TO BE TREATED. Innocent people are being beaten down because of whom THEY chose to love or whom they want to be with. It is such a shame that Americans feel this way about homosexuals. Isn’t America supposed to be a place where people can be free?