In today's society, discrimination displays itself in many different forms. One particular form of segregation is in the relationship between heterosexuals and homosexuals. Recently, six students have committed suicide due to discrimination based on sexual orientation. During the past Civil Rights era, African Americans were distinguished based on the color of their skin and not the contents of their character. Are homosexuals not human? Sexual discrimination is something that the Civil Rights Movement was supposed to eliminate. However, when one looks back at the Civil Rights Movement, one recognizes that Christianity plays a key role in the battle. Thus, is Gay Rights included in Civil Rights?
Now, when I said is gay rights apart of Civil Rights, one would have to look at the definition of Civil Rights. Civil and political rights are a set of rights and freedoms that defend individuals from unwarranted deed by government, private parties, and individuals, guaranteeing one's ability to take part in the national and biased life of the state without prejudice or subjugation. However, in a Christian based society, the bible plays a major role in the verdicts of some judgmental minds. The bible condemns a man lying with another man and people take that as a literal definition. However, when activists fought for equal rights, they meant for everyone, not just heterosexuals.
While my view is not to condemn Christians for their different views, those who believe strictly in the bible would argue against such a "vile" act. However, the law clearly indicates that we as Americans are not allowed to deny any citizen equal rights. Thus, why is gay marriage illegal? While modern day activists are still fighting for the elimination of discrimination, we see that gay discrimination is more widely accepted amongst the nation more than racial discrimination.
Over two weeks ago, a young man by the name of Tyler Clementi committed suicide after his roommate at Rutgers exposes to the world that his is homosexual. Using skype and youtube as their weapons, Dharun Ravi and Molly Wei decided to videotape Dharun’s roommate having sex with another male in their dorm room. Nonetheless, this act of discrimination received mass media coverage. On the other hand, these students got off a lot easier than many people expected did. Dharun and Molly were charged with two accounts of invasion of privacy.
Does an event like this one not strike a concern in the way the law reacts to heinous crimes? In actuality, this case could be considered a civil suit due the fact that these students broke not only the law but also the obligation of respecting one’s privacy and attempting to purposely harm their self-being. In this case, a life was stolen and the criminals were directly a reason to the lost. Thus, should not this case be a hay crime?
Do you find Gay Rights a part of Civil Rights? Is these kinds of situations not covered by the law? Did the two students at Rutgers get off easily? Post Comments, Questions, and Opinions.