Same-sex marriage should be legalised. (A speech)

Essay by the_pillsJunior High, 9th grade August 2007

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When I come to school, I expect to find a community of the younger forward thinking generation. In many respects this is what I find, however, as I walk through the halls of this school I still hear the derogatory words of discrimination, as I sit in the class rooms I still hear injurious words of inequity and intolerance and as I listen to the words of my friends, my class mates, my community and even, though I loathe to admit it, sometimes from myself I can still hear a vicious prejudice that all of us together must at least recognize, if it is to end.

I would like you all now to take a moment and think, when was the last time you heard someone say the words "that's so gay", when was the last time you heard someone call another, most likely straight person gay or fag or poof? Unfortunately, in our society one of the most common and worst things you could call someone is gay.

Although if you asked anyone in this class, they would most likely say, that they don't mean homosexual when they use the insult, "you're so gay", they don't hate homosexuals. However hatred grows out of fear and fear grows out of ignorance, I'm sure most of you would claim you are not ignorant of the fact that being gay is not a bad or wrong thing, but then you must ask yourself, why are you still offended when you're called gay, and why do you still use it as an insult yourself?Well, I suppose this is as good a time as any for me to come out of the closet. I can't help the way I was born. It's just who I am. I've never announced this to a group...