Sociology: The Family Final Exam Study Guide 8 May 2012Same Marriage and Parenting Same Sex Marriage DebateAgainst gay marriageFamily Research CouncilIn favor of gay marriageFreedom to MarryConservative arguments against same-sex marriage Marriage is about affirming the ideal. And when it comes to children, science and common sense both say: Mothers and fathers both matter to children.Same-Sex Marriage sends a terrible message to the next generation: alternative family forms are just as good as traditional families, children don't need a mother and a father, and marriage is about adult desires for affirmation or benefits, not about the well-being of children. Marriage is a common good. Every American benefits from a healthy marriage culture. All Americans pay the price in increased taxes, social disorder, and human suffering when mothers and fathers fail to get and stay married.Same sex couples shouldn’t marry because they cant biologically bear children.Weakening of the institution of the marriage. Back in 1997 only Hawaii had legal status for same sex . In 2010 16 states and DC have had some form of recognition. West coast has access to civil unions but not marriage ( Cali does have though ).More than a 3rd (36%) of the usa has recognized gay marriage85% prohibit gay marriage.From a research perceptive gay couples were treated as room mates.
Cohabitation common among lesbian and gay menFemale 61 % live together Males- 50% live together 2008, 9 million GLBPublic opinion about same sex.1997, only 20% felt that same sex marriage 68% should not beLarge growth in the acceptance 40% yes In the west/east majority of pop is accepting of same sex.In South and Midwest its lower. Gay marriage is really important when deciding to vote for political candidate. Marriage is a marker of status and commitment. Percent of people that think same sex marriage should be recognized as valid -in 2008 56% said should not be valid -in 2008 40% said should be valid -89% of people say that homo’s should have equal job opportunities Symbolism of marriage Same sex couples want in on marriage because of its symbolic marriageBut people are trying to protect the importance of marriageRoutes to Same Sex Parenthood Children from prior relationship Dissolution and re-partnering Lesbian couple- donor insemination Gay couple- surrogate Adoption Same Sex couples raising children Same sex female 30%Same sex male 13%
Types of Adoption There are barriers that same sex couples face Domestic There are legal prohibitions in some states International