The main issue regarding gay rights right now is same sex marriage. One side opposes it saying that it is immoral and harmful to society. The other side supports it saying that sexual orientation is innate and is his or her natural right to marry who they feel they should. During a debate of same sex marriage that focused on the history of marriage Chief Justice Deborah Poritz said, "It's a historical fact that marriage has been between a man and a woman, but it's also a historical fact that women were property and that women couldn't accuse their husbands of rape. Why should we just defer to the historical basis?"(Henderson.) Poritz argues that just because it is historically correct does not make it morally correct.
Many gay rights activists are also arguing that homosexuality is not a choice, but they are born with it. Nathaniel Frank in his article "Gay Is a Choice?" said, "the subtext of the 'choice' debate is that opposing gay rights is only appropriate if gays select their sexuality, since it is unfair to punish someone for something one does not control." The opponents of gay rights will argue that homosexuality is a choice that you can control, therefore you can change and nothing needs to change for you. The side that supports gay rights argues that if you cannot control a human function, you should not be discriminated against.
Another main issue regarding gay rights is if they should be allowed to adopt children. The opponents will argue that they shouldn't because it will be harmful to children, as stated in "Gay Family Values" by Tim Padgett, "Bill Maier, Focus' vice president and chief psychologist, insists the practice 'hurts children because it intentionally creates motherless or fatherless families.'"Although there are many supporters of this belief, it has been found to be unconstitutional in Florida "A Monroe Circuit Court judge has ruled Florida's 31-year-old gay adoption ban 'unconstitutional'" (Miller.)
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