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I. Introduction

         When asked about gay rights, I always have the same res...
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III. Foundations of American Government

           The American government s...
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IV. Political Behavior

            All American citizens have the right to...
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   own experience I use to dislike gay people as well, but it changed last year...
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are the only state to given rights to those who are same-sex couple, and now it is
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             information!!
                    1.The power this bill poss...
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             The limitations will be that y our not forced to do it. It’s...
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VII. Conclusion

           After all, our government should not have a say in ...
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  1. 1. Medrano Castro Putch I. Introduction When asked about gay rights, I always have the same response to it. They are their own person and they should decide all the major decisions in their life. Just because they are homosexuals their rights should not be taken away. If we do that, then we should just start taking rights from different religions and races. Everyone in this planet is different. In America we have the choice of being free and deciding everything for ourselves. We do not need others to decide for us and take our rights away because we are different. Being gay does nothing to our society. What else do they do? Do gay do any damage to us? We are contradicting what our country is known for… FREEDOM. We get to choose what religion we prefer to be. Then we should be able to choose the orientation of our choice. II. Background Information: What do you think of same sex relationships? Everyone has their own opinions towards that subject. Do homosexuals have the same rights as heterosexual couples? Homosexuality has been going on for years now, it has not just started. In the past, before 2003, gay marriage was not legal in the United States. After 2003 it became legal in two states which are Massachusetts and Connecticut. Other than those two states, no states in America legalize gay marriage. Gay marriage is recognized on the state level only. People who are against homosexual marriage in the United States have gone back to the Constitution to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman. Currently, in the United States we do not have the entire country’s support on gay marriage. They only have marriage rights in two states. Maybe in the future more states will support homosexuality. 1
  2. 2. Medrano Castro Putch III. Foundations of American Government The American government should not get involved in gay marriage. A marriage is between two people, not a couple and the government. It is a person’s choice whom they want to marry. Homosexuals must not have to move to another state just to get married. If it is going to happen in another state, why not allow it. Shouldn’t the whole country agree as one? We shouldn’t have scattered opinions across the US. This problem should be agreed upon by the entire country not just the states. It should be legalized. There is no problem with gay marriage, what is the big deal the government finds with it. If they are worried about the image of America then we should worry more about violence at school or war. Marriage between people of the same sex does not contradict any of the Bill of Rights. If here in the United State we the people have the freedom of religion, and everyone decides whatever religion they would practice, then why can’t a person choose whom they want to marry, even if they are the same sex. We are free here, everyone should have the same rights, gay or not. We the people have the right so if we want gay marriage then we should speak our minds and try to change the government’s idea towards gay marriage. If we want something done then we should take action. Americans have been trying to change the government’s mind on gay marriage, so we have to give the gay community points for doing so. That is the only way for the United States of America to accept gay marriage in every state. A step has been taken by allowing two states to encourage gay marriage. We are all equal. It seems like every time we get over discriminating a certain type of people we move on to another type and the cycle continues here in America even though we all have the same rights. 2
  3. 3. Medrano Castro Putch IV. Political Behavior All American citizens have the right to vote for what we believe in so why can’t we vote for gay marriages to be legalized? We vote for who we think can help our country the most so since we are supposed to be a free country then why can our citizens that pay their taxes and work hard here in America be with the person and sex that they choose? Who has the right to deprive them of that? In our government it states that we have the right to life liberty and the pursuit of happiness but that is not totally true in my opinion. If a man or a woman are in love with a same sex individual and the law is stopping them from legally being with that person, than isn’t that really taking that right away from? You can’t be happy if the government is telling you that you cannot be with your soul mate? Another subject that is talked about in unit 2 is mass media and public opinion. When the government talks about “the people” then they are referring to public opinion. Many people get in large groups and state their public opinions on wanting gay marriage to be legalized. So why does the government ignore these people? All over the media everyday you can see gay relationships being portrayed. If they can portray that in the media, why not in real life? Who is it hurting to let these people have the same rights as everyone else? V. Media and public opinion Public opinion does not approve of same sex marriages, because of the fact marriage should be defined as only consisting of a union of one man and one woman. That is what most of America thinks about when they hear same sex marriage. Generally as we speak more and more people are becoming open minded, so over the past couple of years the people who opposed has decreased. But the numbers are still not big enough to win over a state. In my 3
  4. 4. Medrano Castro Putch own experience I use to dislike gay people as well, but it changed last year when I joined tennis and there was this gay Asian guy who was in the class. At first I didn’t like him, but once I got to know him I thought he was a really funny guy. So that changed my opinion to same sex couples. So I ask a couple of friends should marriage be defined as a man and woman coming together as a union. Three out of five people said that a man and woman together, as for the others, one person said when two people come together, the last result ended up being undecided. So the results are that most people like the idea of a man and woman coming together in a union. That was my public opinion poll for same sex couples, it could change though, because more people in America are becoming more open minded. VI. Legislative Branch In congress they have acted on this subject of same-sex couples, they have been involved since 2003. Rep. Eugene O’Flaherty co-chairman of the Legislature’s Judiciary Committee said “I think that as a Legislature it’s our duty to find compromises on troublesome and vexing public policy issues.” He is just hopeful that there can be a point where we have a bill or proposal in front of our colleagues that can be agreed upon by a majority.” All the rep. of legislative branch is trying to help the people so it does not make a big scene. The legislative branch is so arrogant they always look back at the constitutional amendment that would legally define marriage as a union between one man and one woman. Senate President Robert Travaglini chairman of the legislative said that he was committed to bringing civil union legislation to the floor for a vote. In 2003 in Massachusetts they had a vote between the citizens, if the majority voted same-sex rights then it would be legal, if not then they would be denied those rights. They 4
  5. 5. Medrano Castro Putch are the only state to given rights to those who are same-sex couple, and now it is Massachusetts and Connecticut. They are the only state that gives rights to same-sex couples to get married. This is a specific type of freedom. We should be free to do anything. We have overcome many obstacles in being happy. Constitutions allowed to end slavery and for women to have the right to vote, these things to allow people to be happy and superior. Then why won’t the Constitution include gay marriages. Homosexuality has been going on for years. 5
  6. 6. Medrano Castro Putch 111th. Congress 1st Session S.B.73 _____________________________________________ IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES April 4th, 2009 Mr. Putch, Ms. Medrano, and Ms. Castro of the State of Texas introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Standing Committee. _____________________________________________ A BILL to do whatever your bill subject is Be it enacted by the Senate and the House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, S.S.M. Section 1: Same Sex Marriage Definitions Section 2: • Same Sex- a couple who are of the same gender • Freedom- individual right to do what they want • Open Minded- quality of being willing to consider alternative views • Closed Minded- people who simply disagree with alternative views; complete opposite of Open Minded • Homophobe- someone who does not like being around homosexuals; phobia to be around homosexuals Powers of the Bill Section 3: A)This will be one of the two longest sections of the bill and will contain the most detailed 6
  7. 7. Medrano Castro Putch information!! 1.The power this bill possesses is to make gay marriage to be allowed in the state of Texas. 2.This bill will be funded by four interest groups. The interest groups are Freedom to Marry Coalition, Human Rights Campaign, Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, and Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. 3.Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation will see the implementation of the bill. 4.The government agency that will be responsible for this bill will be Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor. 5.The role will be to achieve the goal to allow same sex couples to marry in the state of Texas. Duties of the Bill Section 4: JJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJ JJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJ JJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJ JJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJ JJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJ JJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJ JJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJ JJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJ JJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJ JJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJ JJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJJ)The bill will give rights to same sex couples, people won’t discriminate to those who have a different perspective in life. B)Socially we want people to be more open minded about same sex marriage. We also don’t want same sex couples to feel down about their ways because of the way other people think about them. C)We chose this topic because it is an important subject, a lot of same sex couples go through discrimination and I think it’s wrong to do that. The bill will help to prevent discriminations of same sex couples. D)Statistics show that same sex marriage is becoming more popular over the past years, also people have become more open minded over the same sex issue. Not as much discrimination as there was in the past. Sanctions of the Bill Section 5: NNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN NNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN NNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN NNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN NNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN NNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN NNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN 7
  8. 8. Medrano Castro Putch The limitations will be that y our not forced to do it. It’s still your choice to choose same sex marriage or opposite sex marriage. Nobody forces you to do anything, so it will be your choice. OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO)The bill cannot change politics or are export policy with other countries, but it can change the opinion of one person when they wake up in the morning. Findings Section 6: A) The purposes of this bill are to allow homosexuals to have the opportunity to be married. This will allow homosexuals to have the same rights as every other American. B) The broad reaching goals of this bill is to hopefully allow homosexuals, when they are married, to have the same rights as other married couples such as adopting, buying homes, paying taxes as a couple, ect. Effective Date Section 7: A)April 27th, 2009 B)Upon Passage. 8
  9. 9. Medrano Castro Putch VII. Conclusion After all, our government should not have a say in anyone’s marriage. It does not matter whether an individual is a homosexual or not. The gay community has just as many rights as any other American. America is supposed to be the “land of the free” so why not let these people be free? If homosexuals can vote, pay taxes, buy a house, or join the army then why can’t they marry the person of their choosing? If this is such a big issue, why not just take all of their rights away? Cruel and unusual punishment is not allowed. Homosexuals are not breaking the law because they are gay; all they want is peace and love from their citizens. They want to be accepted and not be discriminated for being different. Is that so hard? 9

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