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Same-Sex & Sociology

  1. 1. Same-Sex Marriages & SociologyZiona Wright 11/10/2012 Sociology
  2. 2. The President’s AffirmationMay 9th, 2012 During an interview at the White House with ABC’s RobinRoberts, President Obama declares his support for gay marriage for thefirst time. Regarding the issue, he says “I’ve just concluded that for mepersonally, it is important to me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married.” With the declaration, Obamabecomes the first U.S. president to back gay marriage in office. Ziona Wright 11/10/2012 Sociology
  3. 3. The President’s InterviewZiona Wright 11/10/2012 Sociology
  4. 4. Immediate Reactions 00:50:00Ziona Wright 11/10/2012 Sociology
  5. 5. Impact on SocietyThe President’s support of gay rights can lead to a more equalsociety, free from prejudice of sexual orientation and we can functionbetter, more unity.This can create problems for Obama and society, especially withelections coming up.The statement can take away from promoting traditional familysetting, reproduction.Gay marriage isn’t legal in most states, and in others they live bycohabitation. Being our president, he has power to make decisions.For a social norm, its not common for a president to be openlysupportive of same sex marriage. Ziona Wright 11/10/2012 Sociology
  6. 6. Same-Sex Subculture A subculture is the culture of a meso-level subcommunity thatdistinguishes itself from the dominant culture if the larger society. The LGBT community is considered a subcultureZiona Wright 11/10/2012 Sociology
  7. 7. Related Sociological TheoriesThe Conflict Theory describes societies as composed of groups vying forpower. Each group protects its own self-interests and struggles to make itsown cultural ways dominant in society. (Ballantine, Roberts 87). PresidentObama’s declaration of support can upset those against same sex marriageand mess with his votes.The Functionalist Theory assumes that all parts of the social structure, cultureand social processes work together to make the whole society run smoothlyand harmoniously (Émile Durkheim). This perspective would explain thatsame-sex marriage should be determined by democracy. There is a lot ofconflict about whether legalizing same-sex marriage is beneficial to society andthe ongoing argument reflect the functionalist perspectives strive for socialcohesion. Ziona Wright 11/10/2012 Sociology
  8. 8. Related Sociological TheoriesThe Labeling Theory focuses on how people define deviance – what or who isor is “not” normal – and society’s response to unacceptable behaviors, labelingas deviant those who violate society’s norms. Labeling theory has seriousconsequences that label homosexuality as deviant in our society so peoplelook down on it (Ballantine, Roberts 154)The Symbolic Interaction Theory addresses subjective materials and what itmeans to the people, individual. This would be displayed in how people seesame-sex marriage. For some it symbolizes freedom of sexuality. From thePresident’s view, this could symbolizes a widespread movement of acceptanceof the individual. Ziona Wright 11/10/2012 Sociology
  9. 9. Why Same-Sex Marriage is Considered Taboo Taboo is proscribed by society as improper or unacceptable. There are several reasons why same-sex marriage is considered by some to be Taboo:Same-sex couples are not good parentsSame-sex relationships are immoralSame-sex marriage destroy the continuation of the generationSame-sex marriage might destroy marriages and the tradition ofmarriageSame-sex marriage can have a negative influence on childrenSame-sex marriage would start us down a "slippery slope" towardslegalized incest, bestial marriage, polygamy and all manner ofother horrible consequences Ziona Wright 11/10/2012 Sociology
  10. 10. DevianceDeviance - the violation of social norms - gay marriage has for severalyears been a form of deviance.However, society is slowly adapting and accepting, not becoming a normjust yet, but it’s becoming more of an “epidemic.”This can be seen with real world examples. Ellen DeGeneres Ziona Wright 11/10/2012 Sociology
  11. 11. Questions from a SociologistWhat are the variety of ways that gay marriage has been sociallyconstructed as deviant?Do people in gay marriages share the full economic/family/parenting/legalrights of other couples?If so, how has President Obama’s affirmation affected our relationships withother nations?Would this affect our population growth in the future?If so, how will those opposed to same sex marriage change their views ofthe president?Will more same-sex couples feel more comfortable with their choice and“come out?” Ziona Wright 11/10/2012 Sociology
  12. 12. Personal Thoughts & Reflections I AM A SUPPORTER.I personally am a supporter of same-sex relationships and marriages. I am pleased to have a president who also is a supporter. I don’t see anyreason to shun the anyone’s sexuality, whatever it may be. I feel there are more important issues to be caught up in. I think that love is a personal matter and there is so need to make huff about it. I think people who oppose same-sex marriage are of course entitled to their own opinions, but I support the LGBT community 110%. Ziona Wright 11/10/2012 Sociology
  13. 13. My Bibliography Theory.htm Our Social World – Condensed Version | Second Edition Ziona Wright 11/10/2012 Sociology