Same-Sex Marriage in American Politics
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The paper discusses the issue of same-sex marriage that has been at the forefront of American politics and shows how while policy may be changing and progressing in regards to marital rights, there is still a noticeable divide between Republicans and Democrats. The paper looks at the interest groups that stand on each side of the issue and describes the progress of those supporting same-sex marriage under the Obama administration. The paper finds that as support for gay marriage grows as social trends change the landscape of America, the likelihood of gay marriage becoming legal becomes more of a reality. This paper concludes that while the process may be slow, forward progress is seen as better than none at all.
From the Paper:"There are many interest groups that stand on each side of the issue. In support of the conservative, Republican view on same-sex marriage is one such group known as Public Advocate of the United States. The principles of this group rest on the belief that "political decisions should begin and end with the best interests of American families and communities in mind" (Public Advocate, 2011). Public Advocate strongly opposes same-sex marriage, as well as the "furtherance of so-called 'Gay Rights'" (Public Advocate, 2011). One main focus of Public Advocate is supporting the addition of an amendment to the Constitution that defends traditional marriage, or the union between a man and a woman. As a not for profit organization, Public Advocate runs on the contributions and gifts of its members, supporters, and volunteers that come from a nationwide pool.
"Sitting on the other side of the same-sex marriage issue is Freedom to Marry. The objective of this group is "to win the freedom to marry in more states, grow the national majority for marriage, and end federal marriage discrimination" (Freedom to Marry, 2011). Headed by civil rights attorney Evan Wolfson, Freedom to Marry is dedicated to overturning the Defense of Marriage Act while promoting education on "why marriage matters to same-sex couples and their families" (Freedom to Marry, 2011)."
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- Democratic National Committee. "We Stand for Civil Rights."http://www.democrats.org/issues/civil_rights (accessed April 1, 2011).
- Freedom to Marry. 2011. http://www.freedomtomarry.org/ (accessed March 30, 2011).
- Halloran, Liz. "After Obama's Gay-Marriage Decision, 'A New World.'" NPR, February 24, 2011, http://www.npr.org/2011/02/25/134035020/after-obamas-gay-marriage-decision-a-new-world (accessed March 31, 2011).
- "In the Nation." The Philadelphia Inquirer, March 17, 2011, http://articles.philly.com/2011-03-17/news/29139191_1_sodium-thiopental-execution-drug-repeal (accessed March 30, 2011).
- Langer, Gary. "Support for Gay Marriage Reaches a Milestone." ABC News, March 18, 2011,http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/support-gay-marriage-reaches-milestone-half-americans-support/story?id=13159608&page=1 (accessed March 30, 2011).
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