Gay Marriage Should Be Denied

Gay Marriage Should Be Denied

SAVAGE, TODD A., MARC E. FRISIELLO, and SHARON SCALES ROSTOSKY. “Gay Parents.” International Encyclopedia of Marriage and Family. Ed. James J. Ponzetti, Jr. Vol. 2. 2nd ed. New York: Macmillan Reference USA, 2003. 720-723. 4 vols. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Thomson Gale. Camden County College. 17 February 2005
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Research has consistently demonstrated that heterosexual adults retain consistently and overwhelmingly negative attitudes toward lesbians and gay males. Heterosexual adults commonly view this negativity as acceptable despite political rhetoric lauding the contributions and multiple perspectives of an increasingly diverse citizenry (Kite and Whitley 1996). The stigma, prejudice, and discrimination directed at people who identify themselves as homosexual are not confined to individual acts, but have been institutionalized and systematically perpetuated throughout the various levels of the culture. For example, the U. S. legal system does not recognize unions between same-sex partners, nor does it protect relationships between lesbian and gay male parents and their children (Patterson, Fulcher, and Wainright 2000). Despite such obstacles, lesbian and gay male individuals successfully create

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