Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation

Duncan Nelson

It’s been 150 years since the Gettysburg Address, and to this day we are still fighting a battle of equality. In 1863 the country was divided on whether slaves should have equality or if they were just someone’s property and the country was willing to go to war over such freedom. Yet, today in our own country we are still denying people the rights of equality. The homosexual community is fighting for their own freedom in a war of equality with heterosexuals. Slowly they are gaining these rights to be seen as a married couple just like heterosexual couples. Over fourteen states have agreed to the rights of homosexuals, but what about the rest of our thirty-six states. Will it take another civil war to give the homosexuals the rights they deserve? As Lincoln said in his Gettysburg Address “our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedication to the proposition that all men are created equal.” Lincoln understood that all men are created equal, yet the American people that have long surpassed “four score and seven years ago,” cannot seem to understand this concept. They believe something out of the box, and different from the set ways of our nation is wrong. This is not so though; these people are still human beings like you and I. They have thoughts, feelings, and emotions. They are no different than anyone else on this planet other than the fact that their sexual orientation is different. But, what is wrong with that fact? Everyone has something different about them, so why should we let one thing define us.