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The STATE
of Equality
g3 Readers’ Poll: As the LGBT community in California still ruling that the whole of America fi nally decriminalised
What do you reels from the shock of Proposition 8, homosexuality. The US Supreme Court ruled in
think of Chloe Marshall wonders if America is really 2003 that US sodomy laws were unconstitutional,
America’s gay as progressive as we are lead to believe. Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote, “Liberty presumes
rights policies? an autonomy of self that includes freedom of
63%
The California Supreme Court has just announced thought, belief, expression, and certain intimate
that Proposition 8 is here to stay, overturning and conduct.” Countries such as Poland had
eliminating the right for gay marriage under state law. decriminalised homosexuality over 70 years earlier
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voters chose to maintain Prop 8. in 1993 in the US military, permitting gays to serve
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sex marriage in California is, undoubtedly, one of the homosexual activity. President Clinton’s original
30% of you think
biggest cases that gay rights campaigners have faced intention to revoke the prohibition against gays in
that they’re pretty
in recent years. Although previously validated the military was met with stiff opposition; this
average and 7% of you same-sex marriages will still stand, this is hardly any compromise, which has led to the discharge of
think they’re really
consolation. Proposition 8 seems to be just one thousands of men and women from the armed
advanced compared
example of America’s very conservative approach forces, was the result. Gay and lesbian US military
to the rest of the world.
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to gay rights. personnel are still breaking the law if they have gay
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When it comes to the decriminalisation of sex, but not if they have straight sex, while most
www.g3mag.co.uk homosexual acts, some of the individual American Western military forces have removed the
states had begun to repeal the sodomy laws as early policies that exclude homosexuals. Of the 26
as the 60s and 70s. However, it wasn’t until a 2003 countries that participate militarily in NATO, more
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of America overall they B]c`5cWRS  10-15 years and they’ll
are still a bit prejudiced. “America may be a be where we are now.
You hear so many stories leader in technology and It’s such a Christian
about how they’re trying business, but in terms of society, even sex before
to ‘cure’ gay people. something like Prop 8, marriage is a major issue,
Hopefully Obama will the country has taken a so homosexuality is a big
make a change!” massive step backwards.” deal there.”
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