Blog Post #8

Give the other side of the issue. Restate the question, state the argument on the other side, and explain and analyze what you think is/are the best one or two arguments for that side. Make it clear that this is what you think is the best one of two arguments that other people are making on the other side (i.e. do not give your opinion on the whole issue yet). Use language like: opponents (or any other concrete personal noun describing who the opponents or the people for position B are) claim, believe, feel, argue, insist, etc.

The question that has caught a lot of attention is whether or not countries outside of the United States are moving as fast as us in terms of the acceptance and legalization of gay marriage. This may have an obvious answer for some, but not all. Many might believe that the acceptance of the gay community outside of the U.S. is not moving as rapidly, but is actually only getting worse. Well they are not wrong, and here is why. Many fail to realize what is happening outside the United States, especially when it is about a topic that they do not find interesting or does not pertain to them (gay acceptance, for example).

Only a very few countries outside of the United States are accepting of the gay community, and even fewer that have completely legalized gay marriage. In fact, over 75 countries still have yet to legalize marriage, or just simply accept the LGBT community. “The International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association, or ILGA, lists 75 countries with criminal laws against sexual activity by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex people (LGBTIs), but that’s an understatement.” This is only the number of countries that have criminal laws against this “act,” but the number of how many countries have not fully accepted or legalized gay marriage. Although I think legalizing gay marriage in general is extremely important, I think it is more important for people to be aware of this list of countries that feel the need to incarcerate, physically abuse, or even kill these human beings.

Most of these countries lie within the continents of Africa and Asia. Iraq, Iran, India, Syria, Yemen, Algeria, Kenya, Nigeria, Libya, and Morocco are a few countries from these two continents that feel the need to use physical violence to end homosexuality. Again, this is only to name a few. However, one of the biggest homophobic countries that is also known by people that may not be interested in this topic, is Russia. Many have heard of how cruel Russia can be towards gay people. In a recent article, it has been reported that in Moscow, Russia, there had been a report where a gay club had been attacked with gas. The type of gas that was used is unknown, but all the report stated was that they said it was “harmful.” This was not the first time that it had happened. In fact, it happens pretty often, and many believe that it is out of hate. “They are spraying the gas inside the club premises, thereby trying to express their extremist views against LGBT community, which likes to visit our club”. This is only one example of the cruelty and harsh acts that occur in Russia. It is in fact very common in Moscow in particular. Policemen allied with Neo-nazis to end the 2011 pride in Russia. As you can see, the issue is much larger than people think, and goes far beyond the United States. It is a known fact that many countries outside of the U.S. are not even close to moving as fats in accepting the gay community, but are moving in the opposite direction.

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