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2-19-2008 Diversity and its Opponents

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2-19-2008 Diversity and its Opponents Growing diversity o Stacey:  ‘postmodern family condition—a permanent condition of family diversity  and dissent’ (p. 205) Choices in family formation o e.g. single parenting, gay/lesbian families Inequality:  who gets to have a family? o Single mothers Shortage of men, social sanctions o Gay and lesbian families Legal restrictions, social sanctions Historical Development Late 19 th  century medical categories o Heterosexual:  normal o Homosexual:  mentally diseased o Categories of personality separate from acts Medical Views APA Diagnostic and Statistical Manual o Removed homosexuality as mental disorder in 1973 o Replaced by distress over orientation “Gender identity disorder” remains o A strong persistent cross-gender identification
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Legal History Sodomy illegal in all states before 1962 o By 2003, 14 states (10 gender-neutral) Supreme Court struck down bans, Lawrence v. Texas (2003) o Violated 14 th  amendment “Nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due  process of law” North Carolina Law 14-177 “If any persona shall commit the crime against nature, with mankind or beast, he shall be  punished as a Class I felon.”
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