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marcus Snell English 101 100-150 11600 The Final Steps Into The Ordinary Its hard sometimes to put your finger on the tipping point of tolerance Its not usually the Thurgood Marshalls and the Sally Rides the big headlines and the major stories Its in the small incremental ways the world stops seeing differences as threateningAnd its finally happening for gay men and lesbians Theyre becoming ordinary In the September issue of Newsweek magazine Ann Quindlen wrote an article entitled The Right To Be Ordinary In this article Quindlen addresses the issue of gays and lesbians becoming a part of every day life The article states that even though there is still a lot of discrimination in our country being gay or lesbian over the years has become more widely accepted The author effectively argues this point by her use of anecdotes her tone and by Quindlen successfully uses anecdotes to show readers how gay men and lesbians are becoming more commonplace She builds her credibility by use actual anecdotes that have really occurred and have been reported in many newspapers On incident that she reported was the Supreme Courts decision that the Boy Scouts had a right to keep out gay scoutmasters This seems like a setback but it was actually a blessing in disguise Even though the gay scoutmaster lost his trial it was the Scouting officials that really took the beating Men who had been Eagle Scouts for years began to send back their badges The United Way would no longer support them and took away their funding Cities and states soon prohibited the Boy Scouts from using public facilities All this the Boy Scouts lost because of one little act of intolerance for a fellow human being An additional example would be that during the summer in Vermont nearly 500 gay and lesbian couples were united in civil unions Even if these unions
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