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Opinions/point of view of people who are for homosexuality

There are many homosexuals in this world, and contrasting with the past, many heterosexuals are now taking a quite liberal view on this issue. One reason for this attitude is because homosexuality is no longer considered a mental disorder since it was removed from the American Psychiatric Assosiation`s official list of mental disorders in 1974. A fact supporting that homosexuality is truly not a mental disorder is that it has been observed among different species: fish, birds, mammals, and reptiles, both in the wild and in captivity. There were many great homosexuals in the past, such as: Plato, Socrates, Michelangelo and Sappho. Some believe that homosexuality is a basic part of a human`s sexuality and is genetically predetermined. Most of all, homosexuals live in conventional life-styles aside from their sexual behavior, and one`s sexual orientation is a perfectly personal matter. Homosexuality will improve the quality of life for the already existing population as opposed to further increasing the general population. This can be done by reducing the amount of newborn children and instead, give better care to orphans. This is also a stepping stone for the realizations of the “evils” of some old traditions, leading some conservatives to realize the negative consequences of sticking with the status quo. A main reason against homosexuality involves religious thoughts. Christianity, Judaism, and Islam say homosexuality is a sin, therefore they condemn homosexuals. However, one must keep in mind that Buddhism is a religion which supports homosexuality. Buddhists, some religious groups that accept homosexuals, and leaders of homosexual organizations argue that God loves diversity in sexual orientations. Furthermore, they say that homosexuals should have the same basic rights, which includes protection from discrimination. They also say that homosexuality is not a sin in the Bible as long as their sexual acts involve emotional elements of love. A common belief of these people is that low self-esteem due to discrimination is the cause of the high suicide rate of homosexuals and it is not that they lack faith. Although there are various arguments against homosexuals, most of their arguments are fairly one-sided and hypocritical according to B.A. Robinson. In addition to that, their arguments are easily proved to be wrong and just stereotypes or misunderstandings. There are also certain "supporters" of homosexuality who only follow the crowd but may not truly believe that it is morally correct. (Robinson) This means that modern scientists who often base their opinions on facts will tend to have better supported arguments for accepting homosexuals.

The values reflected in this point of view

There are many values reflected in the arguments of those who accept homosexuality, such as tolerance and equality. Tolerating homosexuality means being able to love and accept someone, as a person, even if you may not be fully able to accept their sexual orientation. That is what many believe the Bible is trying to tell us to do; love the homosexual people, but not necessarily their homosexual behavior. If one is able to do so, that means the person is being faithful to the Bible. The other value, equality, is a matter of human rights. Many homosexuals suffer severely from discrimination and in some cases, they aren't accepted in churches, and other public facilities. As one can see from this, homosexuals aren't always given the "human rights" that an ordinary person would have, only because of the difference in their sexual orientation. When the homosexual organizations asked for ordinary human rights, they were told, to much surprise, that in their cases it was considered as having "special rights". It does not seem to make sense to call ordinary rights "special rights" (Summerbell 1). From these examples, liberal people believe one should be able to understand the values of accepting homosexuality, and therefore support equality.

   

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