Diversity; Same-sex Marriage

Diversity; Same-sex Marriage - Sociology 130 February 19,...

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Sociology 130 February 19, 2008 Diversity; Same-sex Marriage Growing Diversity -Stacey: “postmodern family condition—a permanent condition of family diversity and dissent” (p. 205 Choices in Family Formation E.g. single parenting, gay/lesbian families Inequality: Who gets to have a family? Single mothers o Shortage of men, social sanctions Gay and lesbian families o Legal restrictions, social sanctions Historical Development -Late 19 th Century medical categories Heterosexual: normal Homosexual: mentally diseased Categories of personality (characteristics) separate from acts -Medical views APA Diagnostic and Statistical Manual o Removed homosexuality as mental disorder in 1973 o Replaced the category as distress over orientation “Gender identity disorder” remains o A strong persistent cross-gender identification Legal history -Sodomy illegal in all states before 1962 By 2003, reduced to 14 states with sodomy laws (10 states were gender-neutral in their definition of the crime) -Supreme Court struck down bans, Lawrence v. Texas (2003) Their actions violated the 14 th Amendment o “…nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property,
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