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Homosexuals have been excluded from our society since our countrys beginning giving them no equal protection underneath the large branch of the law The Emancipation Proclamation gave freedom to blacks from slavery in the 1800s and women were given the freedoms reserved for males in the early 1900s with the womens suffrage movement But everyone still knows the underlying feeling of nation in dealing with minorities and women one of contempt and utter disgust Hate crimes are still perpetrated to this day in this country and most are unpublicized and swept underneath the rug The general public is just now dealing with the struggle of Homosexuals to gain rights in America although this persecution is subtle quiet and rarely ever seen to the naked eye or the general public The big question today in Homosexuals rights struggles are dealing with the right to be a part of our countrys Military Forces At the forefront of the struggle to gain access to the military has been Females who have tried to gain access to All Men facilities and have been pressured out by other cadets This small group of women have fought hard and pressured the Government to change regulations dealing with the inclusion of all people whether female or male and giving them all the same opportunities they deserve The Homosexual struggle with our Nations Armed Forces has been acquiring damage and swift blows for over 60 years now and now they too are beginning to fight back In 1991 three gay couples filed a lawsuit in Hawaii for denying them marriage licenses They claim that the refusal amounts to gender discrimination which violates the Equal Rights Amendment Judge Kevin Chang ruled in 1996 that same-sex couples have the right to legally marry This ruling makes Hawaii the first state to recognize that gay and lesbian couples are entitled by law to the same privileges as heterosexual married couples CNN Under the Full Faith and
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