Lifting the Constraints of the Nostalgic Tradition

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Lifting the Constraints of the Nostalgic Tradition By: Michael Whiteman Recitation #: 012 2/21/10
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“. . . Simply because something has always been done a certain way does not mean that it must always remain that way. . .Gays and lesbians have always been among us, forming a part of our society, and they have lived as couples in our neighborhoods and communities” (Olson 2010). In the Newsweek article “The Conservative Case for Gay Marriage”, the author asserts the most mentioned justification for denying gays and lesbians the right to marriage is grounded in tradition. The recourse to an imaginary past is politically problematic and reifies the ways of categorizing people (race, class, sex, gender, etc.) are universal and natural. Women’s suffrage and the Civil Rights movement, for example, prove the United State’s recognition that warranting repressive laws is historically specific and socially constructed; so why is the U.S. still relying on the fabricated ‘story of origin’? The maintenance and construction of who is legally allowed to marry and fuck is concealed by the essentialist perspective that nature is the foundation of culture. Theodore Olson’s article “The Conservative Case for Gay Marriage” attempts to explain why California’s Proposition 8 violates American’s right to exercise their individual freedoms. He mentions 3 arguments Americans opposed to same-sex marriage make: tradition, the disintegration of the state’s interest in procreation, and that homosexual marriage “does harm to heterosexual marriage” (Olson 2010). Marriage is the fundamental basis to recognizing
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This note was uploaded on 04/19/2011 for the course COMM 3300 taught by Professor Vogelaar,a during the Spring '08 term at Colorado.

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