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1968: Homosexuality is considered a criminal act in many states.

Today: Although a few states retain anti-sodomy laws (most notably Georgia, which went to the Supreme Court in 1986 to defend theirs), they are seldom enforced.

1968: Homosexuality is listed as a disease by the American Psychiatric Association. Homosexuals go to psychiatrists to be "cured."

Today: The APA dropped its disease designation in 1974. There is still conflicting research regarding whether homosexuality is genetic or learned.

1968: When homosexual characters show up in movies or plays, they are often flamboyant comic characters or pathetically confused individuals who end up killing themselves. Homosexuals rarely appear on television.

Today: Well-rounded gay characters are increasingly common on television, in plays, and in films.

1968: Gays are considered promiscuous and incapable of forming lasting personal relationships.

Today: Several states allow commitment ceremonies that accord gay couples legal rights similar to those given to heterosexual marriages. Gays still...

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