Gay Rights: A Featured Controversy from Issues & Controversies

Gay Rights: A Featured Controversy from Issues & Controversies

An LGBT Pride Month Spotlight from Issues & Controversies:
GAY RIGHTS: Should the Government Take More Steps to Protect Gay Rights?

Should the government take more steps to protect gay rights? Be sure to check out Issues & Controversies’ complete and unbiased coverage of this important issue. Here is a sample of the pro/con arguments on both sides of the issue.

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Homosexuals deserve the same rights and protections available to heterosexuals, including the right to marriage, employment, and housing. Discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is just as insidious as discrimination on the basis of race or sex, and the government should take further steps to ensure equal rights for gay Americans. Marriage should be between one man and one woman, as it has been throughout human history. Legislating special protections for gay people imperils the religious freedom of Americans who oppose homosexuality. The government should not take further steps to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

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