Gay Marriage and Rights

By Diane Vik

Background Information

The Gay Right's Movement started in the 1950's in Europe and North America, wanting to get rid of laws that restrict or ban same-sex relations. In the late 1960s the act of homosexual sex, even in private homes was punishable by a fine or up to life in prison. Communities of homosexuals formed in urban areas of Europe, Australia, and North America these groups mobilized in large numbers, protesting against laws like this.

Same-sex marriage is legal in:

  • Netherlands
  • Belgium
  • Canada
  • Spain
  • South Africa
  • Norway
  • Sweden
  • Argentina
  • Iceland
  • Portugal
  • Denmark
  • Brazil
  • France
  • New Zealand
  • Uruguary
  • Ireland
  • Luxembourg
  • United States
  • Estonia

Taking a Stand

  • There are many groups all over the world protesting for gay right's, including, Intersex South Africa, Australian Marriage Equality, and other homophile organizations.
  • The Stonewall Uprising is considered the birthplace of gay pride movements. It took place in New York during June and July. A police raid of a gay bar resulted in many gay right's protests and riots.
  • The first nation gay right's march in the United States took place in Washington D.C. on Oct. 15, 1979

Effects of the Protests

  • In 2012, the United States Supreme Court ruled same-sex spouses are entitled to federal benefits
  • Canada passed laws against discrimination of gays
  • Hawaii Supreme Court issued ruling that supported same-sex marriage
  • Gay marriage was made legal in the United States
Stonewall Riots of 1969

"How did the participants demonstrate their belief system through their protest?"

The participants of these protests won their fight for equality in the end. They fought for what they believed in, equality, and never gave up no matter the set backs. This shows how they demonstrated what they believed in through protesting because they believed that everyone was equal and did not stop fighting until laws preventing equality for homosexuals were abolished.
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