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Same Sex Marriages (Editing Sample)
According to the article by Miriam smith on same-sex marriage, the issue of same-sex marriage is one that has been drawing a lot of discussion in the country as well as the world at large. This is owing to the fact that there has been an increase in the number of gay and lesbian couples that only seems to be growing by the day. The need to discuss the issue of same-sex marriage has become more pertinent owing to the fact that Canadaâ€™s neighbor, the United States, has been able to legalize same-sex marriage in most of its states, and same-sex marriages have become widespread throughout the United States. In Canada, however, same-sex marriage is an issue that is relatively new because it is only until recently that it became a topic of discussion after certain court rulings in the largest provinces in the country passed judgment that were ruled in favor of same-sex marriage. This was perceived as a wakeup call as there was suddenly the need for federal legislation to think about regulations that would govern same-sex marriages in the country.[Smith, M. (2007). Framing same-sex marriage in Canada and the United States: Goodridge, Halpern and the national boundaries of political discourse. Social & Legal Studies,Â 16(1), 5-7.]
The author has also recognized that there are many differences that exist between same-sex marriages in Canada and the United States, but there are many other issues that may or may not be related to this that may, however, cause differences between the two countries. One of this issues is the recognition of other types of couples that are not married, but are of the same-sex, and the rights that they have in regards to parenting, whether to their own biological child, or an adopted child.. The country is also yet to put into practice any penalty that should come to pass on any individual that openly or otherwise, discriminates against people in a same-sex relationship or marriage.
According to the article, one of the things that are affecting public opinion regarding same-sex marriage in the United States, especially in the states that are yet to come to terms with the existence of same-sex relationships, is the overbearing presence of religious institutions that aggressively defy the notion of same-sex relationships. These institutions unequivocally agree on the issue of not legalizing same-sex relationships and have become an instrumental force behind the fight against the legalization and recognition of gay and lesbian marriages. The author backs these claims by stating that during the 2004 elections in the United States of America; republicans were more vehemently opposed to same-sex marriage as a result of the fact that most of their political leaders and other public figures that were affiliated with the Republican Party were also quite vocal about the issue during their campaigns. In fact most of their campaign was pegged on the rejection of gay and lesbians in the community.[Ibid, 8-9.]
The conclusions that the author has made regarding her article are in line with the topics that the author has discussed and the evidence that the author has presented to support her claims. Contrary opinions regarding the issue have not been well addressed by the author; this is due to the fact that most of the article is only leaning in one direction, and that is, in favor of same sex relationships and further goes ahead to claim that gay and lesbian marriages have already been accepted in Canada while the people in the united states of America are still struggling with coming to terms with the legalization of same-sex relationships. This, however, may not be the real situation on the ground, owing to the fact that in the United States of America, there are several states that have already accepted and legalized the existence of same-sex relationships and marriages.
Although there may still be stigmatization of the group in certain areas of the country, the general mood is a little more welcoming and accepting than the author paints it out to be. For instance, the author mentions that during the 2004 elections in the United States, the republicans were able to change the opinions of their followers in favor of the partyâ€™s stand which was to reject any and all forms of same-sex relationships. Their opinion was that it was wrong and went as far as using this notion as a tool to make sure that their democratic counterparts did not win due to the fact that they were in support of same-sex marriages. The truth, however, is that during this period, there were varied opinions regarding the issue of same-sex relationships and marriages. The one thing that the author is accurate about is the fact that same-sex marriages were a major issue during that particular election period. However, the republicans were not successful in changing the mind of the people reading the decisions they had made about it.
Comparison with other articles;
Bala, N. (2003). Controversy over couples in Canada: The evolution of marriage and other adult interdependent relationships.Â Queen's LJ,Â 29, 41.
The article suggests that the existence of same-sex marriage is not an issue that has just recently come to light, but rather can be traced it back to the historical times. During those times, as it currently is, same-sex couples yearned for affection and intimacy with one another, and acceptance from the society as is the case in todayâ€™s society. The issue is only now coming to light owing to the fact that the number of same-sex couples has considerably increased, and also that they are more open about their status and are willing to fight for recognition in the society. The article recognizes the fact that in Canada, the people, as well as the system is still trying to cope with the presence of same-sex marriages. The...
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- Same Sex MarriagesDescription: The paper provides an analysis of how Miriam Smith's article fits into the broader literature concerning the legalization of same-sex marriage that we have reviewed in this course...8 pages/≈2200 words| Turabian | Social Sciences | Editing |