Sunday, November 7, 2010

Gay Relationships - Legal History of Homosexuality

I am continuously amazed by the fact that so many Homosexuals are not aware of the past involving people who struggled before us. Part of it I am sure is because many people when they come out feel a great sense of alienation from those around them, and therefore become more interested in their now and those currently around them which is fine; however, I hope that as they become more self assured of who they are they look to the past and I hope that this helps.

It as far as I am concerned is impossible to discuss the law and homosexuality without bringing in religion mainly because much of the opposition to gay rights is religious based. One of the more popular passages used to condemn homosexuality are Leviticus 18:22: "You shall not lie with a male as those who lie with a female; it is an abomination." Leviticus 20:13: "If a man lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination and they shall surely be put to death." A few things I have learned about these passages are that abomination was used a lot in Leviticus and for a wide range of acts or things. The only argument I feel I need to make for these is that I will gladly give up my fight for equal rights when you follow all the rules in Leviticus. Such as no shaving no mixing fabrics that women are un clean for 33 days after having a boy and 66 after having a girl. Don't forget the animal sacrifices.

Another passage is Genesis 19:5 which is translated in many ways one of the originals is "And they called unto Lot, and said unto him, Where are the men which came in to thee this night? bring them out unto us, that we may know them." Most of the reasoning behind this is that the men here mean know in a carnal manner the Hebrew verb that was used (?oe?"??) is used 943 times in the bible and only ten of those times does it have a sexual meaning. From 1984 on many bibles are printed with it reading simply "that we may have sex with them." Many people are starting to believe that the city of Sodom was punished for its treatment to the strangers and how you should be kind to those you do not know; however, even if you subscribe to the rape theory I would have to say that it was the rape and not the homosexuality that angered God.

Gay marriage is a tricky subject many people who support gay equality do not support gay marriage. A few of the arguments against gay marriage are. Marriage is a union between a man and a woman, It will ruin the sacred union of marriage, it will undermine western civilization. There are many more that mostly come down to religious beliefs but the few that are not based on religion talk of the unknown risk. Such a statement only shows how ignorant some people can be forms of gay marriage have been legal in Denmark since 1989. The law now even has an approval rating of 89% with the Danish clergy. The one fact that no one can deny is that in this time of economic upheaval mass amounts of money could be produced in the U.S. if we legalized gay marriage not just in court fees but wedding planers tailors and so on.

I am sure you have noticed that most of the opposition for gay rights is rooted in religion. Perhaps you like me are wondering what happened to separation of church and state or freedom of or best put for this case from religion. Now don't get me wrong I am religious but instead of focusing on telling others how to live their life I try to find better ways for myself to live my life. It is sometimes a hurtful thing to be gay and look in to the reasons people have for denying us equality and basic rights in some cases the right to live at all. People go as far to say that it is worse to be gay than a murderer because while a murderer may only kill one or two a homosexual could draws hundreds away from the light. Few people have this drastic of an outlook most just don't understand and that is the reason why I hope after reading this short article that you will make yourself more educated on the subject.

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