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Legalizing Homosexual Marriages

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  1. Legalizing Homosexual Marriages By: Allieah Marbury

  2. States That Have Legalized Gay Marriage • New Hampshire • Massachusetts • Connecticut • Iowa • Vermont • Washington DC • In California gay and lesbian couples who have married between June and November 2008 are legally married, but no new legal marriages can be performed.

  3. Other Countries That Have Legalized Gay Marriage • Canada: Homosexual couples can be married anywhere in Canada, but might not be recognized in other countries. • Europe: Sweden, Norway, Netherlands (Holland), Belgium, Spain , Portugal, Iceland • Africa: South Africa • South America: Mexico City, Argentina • Israel • New Zealand

  4. “Coming Out” • According to resources, people who are homosexual usually have a coming out process. It is generally broken down into three phases. The first phase is called “knowing ones self”, often described as an internal coming out. The second phase involves ones decision to come out to family, friends, and etc. The third phase is coming out as a homosexual in the United States.

  5. A Particular Sex • In a 2004 study, the female subjects (both gay and straight women) became sexually aroused when they viewed heterosexual as well as lesbian erotic films. Among the male subjects, however, the straight men were turned on only by erotic films with women, the gay ones by those with men. The study's senior researcher said that women's sexual desire is less rigidly directed toward a particular sex, as compared with men's, and it's more changeable over time.

  6. LGBT Parenting • Scientific research has been consistent in showing that lesbian and gay parents are as fit and capable as heterosexual parents, and their children are as psychologically healthy and well-adjusted as children reared by heterosexual parents. According to scientific literature reviews, there is no evidence to the contrary.

  7. Physical Health • The terms "Men who have sex with men" (MSM) and "women who have sex with women" (WSW) refer to people who engage in sexual activity with others of the same sex regardless of how they identify themselves—as many choose not to accept social identities as lesbian, gay and bisexual. Safe sex is a relevant harm reduction philosophy. The United States currently prohibits men who have sex with men from donating blood"because they are, as a group, at increased risk for HIV, hepatitis Band certain other infections that can be transmitted by transfusion.“ The UK and many European countries have the same prohibition.

  8. Homosexual Youth • Gay and lesbian youth bear an increased risk of suicide, substance abuse, school problems, and isolation because of a "hostile and condemning environment, verbal and physical abuse, rejection and isolation from family and peers". Further, LGBT youths are more likely to report psychological and physical abuse by parents or caretakers, and more sexual abuse. Suggested reasons for this disparity are that (1) LGBT youths may be specifically targeted on the basis of their perceived sexual orientation or gender non-conforming appearance, and (2) that "risk factors associated with sexual minority status, including discrimination, invisibility, and rejection by family members...may lead to an increase in behaviors that are associated with risk for victimization, such as substance abuse, sex with multiple partners, or running away from home as a teenager."

  9. The Real Definition • Same-sex marriage (also called gay marriage) is a legally or socially recognized marriage between two persons of the same biological sex or social gender. • Homosexuality is romantic and/or sexual attraction or behavior between members of the same sex or gender.

  10. My Opinion • In my own opinion, I do not see why gay marriage cannot be legalized. Why should only heterosexual couples be happy? Why can’t all couples be happy. It says in the Constitution that all people have a right to “the pursuit of happiness”. So where’s the homosexual’s happiness.

  11. Links to Information • Homosexuality - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia • Same-sex marriage - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia • Gay Marriage - Where is Gay Marriage Legal • Gay Civil Unions - Where Gays and Lesbians Get Civil Unions