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Will America ever reach equality??

I am a senior in high school, doing an iSearch project. For this project, I need outside sources to voice their opinion about this controversial question. So what do YOU think? Do you think people will ever fully accept everyone regardless of their race, gender, or sexual orientation? If so, when? Think about it...over time we've freed slaves, got women's right to vote, a black president, does it just take lots of time?
If you answer this, and if your comfortable with sharing, please include your occupation. What made you feel the way you do about this question? Thank you so much everyone!

-Madison

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    Dec 10 2012: Equality= Equivalency; parity; correspondence; sameness; justice; fairness; impartiality.Acceptance= Favorable reception; approval; favor; the act of assenting or believing.Clearly these are two separate and distinct matters.It is not logical to insist that one must Accept something in order to agree it rightfully deserves Equality. The Constitution of the Unites States recognizes the Equality of all citizens. Thusly, I consider every American citizen to be my equal under the Law. That, in no way means I personally grant favorable reception; approval; or favor to every fellow citizen. Acceptance is categorically separate and distinct from Equality. As an American you are not bound to Accept my life-choices, nor I yours, but you are bound to grant me equivalency; parity; correspondence; sameness; justice; fairness; impartiality in matters of Law. The difference between these two words is monumentally important.
    • Dec 11 2012: You say that "The Constitution of the Unites States recognizes the Equality of all citizens." ...It does? It gives sameness; justice; fairness to everyone? Why aren't same-sex marriages legal in all states under the Constitution? Why aren't these "types" of people treated with fairness?
      I'm not saying everyone needs to accept them. (This is just one example) But they should be given the rights to have equal rights as everyone else.
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        Dec 11 2012: Your guestion goes to the legislative process of our government. The Law is made by elected representatives of the People. Thus the Law should reflect the will of the majority of the People. (You have heard "Of the People. by the People. for the People?). If the majority of the voting People elect representatives who oppose a particular issue, then that issue will not become law and gain Equality. You seem to be focused on the homosexual issue so you must recognize that it may be the will of the majority of the voting People that such life-choices should not be granted Equality. Not everyone shares your position on that issue. Your question finds its answer in the express will of the People. Such is life in a Representative Republic.
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          Dec 11 2012: "life-choices"
        • Dec 11 2012: "If the majority of the voting People elect representatives who oppose a particular issue, then that issue will not become law and gain Equality.

          Such is life in a Representative Republic"

          No, that's exactly what a republic is not: a republic has a constitution that gives people basic rights even when a majority of the people opposes them. In a republic you don't get to vote about freedom of expression or freedom of religion and the only reason you get to vote about gay marriage is that existing constitutions all date back many decades or even centuries to a time when their framers were not enlightened enough to support gay rights.

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