Locked out of Love
by rsweg1 on March 11, 2014 - 2:43pm
This article delved into the world of gay marriage and the process of its legalization in the United Kingdom. It focused specifically on the arguments against gay marriage as a method for understanding how the opposition thinks. The research problem was how people argued against gay marriage. The research design was to poll a vast majority of people and sources, identify those in opposition, and merge their arguments into one of several main categories. In the end, the findings resulted in seven core arguments that opponents use to try to persuade others to their side of thinking. These ideas touched on many concepts. Some people argued against it using the idea that marriage is defined as solely being between a man and a woman. Others said it would threaten religious freedom due to the fact that churches would inevitably have to perform gay marriage ceremonies. Others said it was undemocratic. Others claimed marriage is an institute used primarily for raising kids, while others said the government should be focusing on bigger issues. Some said that gay couples already do have rights. Finally, some said that gay marriage would only open the door to other forms of “impure” relationships, as if it is some form of gateway drug to the tarnishing of marriage as we know it (Jowett 2014). The conclusion of this study was that most arguments against gay marriage find their standing in religious backgrounds or a fear of change from what has presumably been the norm for a good portion of history.
The major implications of this study are that the majority of people arguing against gay marriage fail to see the need for such laws to be put into place. This is becoming less and less of an equality issue, although that still stands as a valid reason for this to become law, and more and more a human rights issue. Across the globe cultures prohibit gay couples from expressing their love simply because some people view this as wrong and disgusting. There are continued hate crimes directed at this group of people. It is nearly reminiscent of the fight for black rights in the past. The constant reminder that a good portion of religious people believe that this is infringing on their rights is somewhat mind boggling, as they are a majority not discriminated against, and they are not being forced to marry any gay couples. This is one of the fears addressed in their study. They fear that churches will be drawn in to the “gay agenda”, and this would go against their moral conscience (Jowett 2014). They are basing their arguments off of things they believe could happen and not on the human rights issue at hand. They would rather forbid love between two people than face a little fear of the unknown. Overall, the implications of this study are that, while the world is becoming more progressive, there is still a great need for change in the coming years.
Jowett, A. (2014). ‘But if you legalise same-sex marriage…’: Arguments against marriage equality in the British press. Feminism & Psychology, 24(1), 37-55. doi:10.1177/0959353513510655