Abs 200: Final Essay

1991 words - 8 pages

Same Sex Marriages

Sociology 107
Professor Durso-Finley
May 6, 2012

Inequality based on sexual orientation is a common social problem people encounter every day of our lives. A lot of our societies have seen discrimination based on sexual orientation and it has become a spread out issue in many states. Because of this, same-sex marriages have been a serious concern to society. Gay marriages is looked upon as a major social problem within our society today and can viewed through three different perspectives which are functionalist, conflict, and symbolic interactionist.
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Functionalists believe social norms and laws are present to protect family so they are able to survive together.
To solve this problem, organizations established to protect “traditional marriage” have been active in advocating passage of a constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage (Kendell, 2012, p.124). Functionalists may encounter barriers like gay activists who demand for equal rights and want same sex marriages to be legal. Rick Santorum, a politician who was a senator from Pennsylvania for twelve years views gay marriage as a threat to society. He proposes that there are no evidence to prove gay marriage benefits the country nor the mortality or children. People who want gay marriage are not explaining the reasons of how gay marriage supports America, instead they just command for the things they want. “He believes that legalizing gay marriage would unravel the moral fabric of American society” (Friedman, 2010, p.87).
According to Friedman (2010), “In a 2009 USA Today/Gallup poll found that 48 percent of Americans think legalizing same sex marriages would change society for the worse and 13 percent say it would change for the better “(p. 88). Americans believe same-sex marriage demolishes the concept of marriage and the best way to keep communities healthy and better is to not legalize same-sex marriage. We are going to devalue all the values of the American traditional marriages. The values we viewed was a man and woman getting married and having a family by making children. Same sex marriages has taken away the privilege of what a real marriage is, therefore we will suffer as a whole society. Functionalists are able to solve this problem in our society because most people agree on the laws in preventing or giving equal rights to same sex marriages.
From research, Scandinavia began to accept same sex marriage and ever since then, family arrangement, steadiness, and survival went downhill. “Not only have few same-sex couples actually married since it became legal, but the change has weakened marriage and family commitments throughout society (Friedman, 2010, p. 25). Scandinavia was the first place to start same-sex marriage and results showed that the marriages ended up being unstable. We need to seek the best for our young culture.
According to political leaders and media analysts, they consider same-sex marriages to be the reason why families are not secure or established. This level of operation is at a macro level because the people who participate through a functionalist perspective have power and wealth including the government who takes part in this solution by creating these laws. Barriers which functionalists could encounter are people who support gay rights. Also some states such as California have already legalized gay marriage. Many gay communities have already existed, too.
Unlike functionalists who believe we need to stick to our traditional social norms by keeping heterosexual marriages, from a conflict...

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