One specific example from the 21st century that demonstrates America is a “nation of freedom and opportunity with a constitution that is growing, changing and adaptable to the times” is the legalization of gay marriage. On June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court declared that same-sex marriage is legal in all 50 states. The right to marry the same sex is protected under the 14th Amendment; an amendment that defines national citizenship and forbids the states to restrict the basic rights of citizens or other people. The fight for same sex marriage began on May 18th, 1980 when two students of the University of Minnesota named Richard John’ Jack’ Baker and James Michael McConnell applied for a marriage license at the Hennepin County District Court. The clerk in the district court rejected the application because they were a same-sex couple. Both men sued Gerald Nelson, the clerk at the court, claiming that the Minnesota laws regarding marriage did not mention the sex of the couple. Same sex couples asked to be looked at as equal in the eyes of the law, and the Constitution grants them that right. Another example of this would be women’s right to vote. In the year 1920, the 19th amendment was ratified; guaranteeing American women the right to vote- known as woman suffrage. Around the time the United States was founded, female citizens did not have the same rights as men, which included the right to vote. Starting in the 1800s, women took a stand and fought for the right to vote. Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott organized and held the first woman’s rights convention at Seneca Falls, New York. After that event national suffrage groups were established. Supporters of this cause were pestered, jailed and sometimes physically attacked. On August 18th, 1920 the 19th Amendment was ratified and added to the United States Constitution. Lastly, another example is gender neutral bathrooms, a controversial topic in the 21st century. This is very important to the transgender community because every person is born with dignity and humanity, including their gender expression of preference. Falling under the 14th amendment, Anti-Transgender Bathroom Bills are unconstitutional because the Constitution guarantees the individual right to define and express their identity. Transgender persons should feel protected under the law and not experience fear. Bills by select states have been passed to mandate single occupancy public bathrooms in schools, malls, etc. An example of this is California, where governor Jerry Brown signed a bill putting gender neutral bathrooms into effect in March of 2017. These examples listed demonstrate how America is a nation of freedom that is constantly changing and conforming. This nation strides to take steps benefiting its peoples civil rights daily. Throughout time, women have faced many challenges two examples of this are maternity leave and equality in the workplace. In the year of 1978, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) was put in place to prohibit the discrimination of pregnancy in the workplace. This act was developed as a result of the Supreme court case General Elec. Co vs Gilbert, in the company the employer offered its employees a disability plan with benefits which covered absences from work due to sickness and accidents. Absences that were related to pregnancy were however, not covered by the plan, causing an uproar of female employees who were unhappy with this plan. Thankfully, companies can no longer lay off a women for leaving for maternity leave. Women have been fighting for equality in the workplace for decades, whether it is for equal treatment, equal pay, etc. In October of 2010, The Equality Act became a law that ensured consistency in what employers and employees need to do to make their workplace safe, fair, and comply with the law. This law also says that the employer must be able to show evidence regarding all actions and how they are positive and reasonable. Included in the act is men and women whether in full or part time jobs have the right to equal pay, benefits and conditions in their contracts.In previous years, deaf people were only able to communicate if the other person was with them. In today’s society, technology has advanced and the deaf are given more opportunities to communicate with their friends, family and workplace. An example of this is a TTY, a TTY is a special device that allows people who are deaf or speech impaired to use the telephone to communicate by allowing them to type messages back and forth rather than talking. If you do not own a TTY, there are still ways to call a person who is deaf or speech impaired. The TRS (Telecommunications Relay Service) is a special operator that types what you say, so the person you are contacting can read your words on their TTY device. Another thing that benefits not only the deaf but all people with disabilities is the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). This act prohibits hatred based on disabilities in not only telecommunications but public accommodations, transportation, etc.Acts such as the ADA in today’s society protect people with disabilities. The ADA defines a person with a disability as a person who has a physical or mental impairment, limiting them from doing major life activities such as learning, working, etc. This law also protects people how have a record of disability, even if they do not currently have it. The overall goal of this act is to assure that people with disabilities have access to a normal life. It covers most aspects of everything the state or local governments do such as public education, transportation, etc.The LGBT community has faced a multitude of problems regarding gaining rights and being accepted in society. An example of this is how the group fought for same-sex marriage to be legalized. In May of 1980, when Richard John’ Jack’ Baker and James Michael McConnell applied for a marriage license and where rejected by the clerk, Gerald Nelson. Although they were not the first to apply for a same sex marriage license, others cases ended up being rejected as well. Over the years there were thousands of protests, petitions and rallies to help promote same sex marriage and demonstrate how it is our natural given right as citizens. The fight for same sex marriage was ongoing in the United States until it was legalized in all 50 states by the Supreme Court on June 26th, 2015. This generated such a positive reaction from the LGBT community and finally granted them their given right to marry who they choose.