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.

References

 

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

Comments

This is a great article summary. You pinpoint the main arguments against same-sex marriage in a very clear and pertinent way. The question concerning gay marriages is definitely one of relevance in today’s society as, like you point, society worldwide is becoming more progressive, but some individuals, and especially religious groups, remain conventional, conservative and close-minded. Fortunately, due to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, same-sex marriage has been legalized in Canada since 2005. In fact, I found an article that presents Montreal’s Divers/Cité festival, which “showcases arts and music by and for the gay and lesbian community”. René Leboeuf and Michael Hendricks were Quebec’s first same-sex couple to marry and in the article, Hendricks claims that the Montreal community has become more and more accepting throughout the years. Furthermore, I think that this article is very promising to social change and equality. Additionally, it provides a good global perception of Montrealer’s (and Quebecer’s) openness to homosexuals, which can be directly seen through Montreal’s Divers/Cité festival. Here is the link for more information: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/montreal-lgbt-festival-moves-to-t....

I appreciate that you decided to write about arguments against gay marriage. Even though I am pro same-sex marriage, I think it is important to know what people on the other side think, which is why I enjoyed reading your article. I found an article about gay people against same-sex marriage; it surprised me to learn that most of their arguments are similar to those that you mentioned, which I believe were mostly from heterosexuals. Something interesting that I read in the article is that these gay people believe that we should focus on more important things for the gay community, such as homophobic violence. After reading that, I now think that marriage is, after all, a personal choice, and I agree with you that there is a great need for change, but in many aspects of gay equality.
http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-22758434

The subject of gay marriage is something that always conjures a great deal of controversy and it’s primarily due to what you mentioned in your post – religion. For many, the issue of gay marriage lies within the fact that the institution of marriage, in it of itself, is sacred and something that has always emphasized the fact that the only marital bond that exists is one between a man and a woman. Though I agree that gay couples should have equal rights as heterosexual couples, the argument that marriage is an institution that should not be changed is an interesting, albeit classical, opinion. Indeed, many traditionalists fear that marriage, something that for centuries has been preserved as a rite of passage for men and women, is suddenly being altered to accommodate the changes that our society is facing. Organized religion, throughout its long history, has never readily accepted change, and it’s no different today. Though I’m proud to say that I live in a country that allows gay couples to be married, I still feel that the issue of gay marriage lies in the structure of our society, which still emphasizes greatly the need for people to be legally married. With all that said, an article by Caroline Davies in the Guardian, dated March 21, features small interview with same-sex couples who will tie the knot on March 29 in England.

Link to Guardian Article: http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/mar/21/gay-couples-gay-marriage-...

In the article called Locked out of Love, the article talks about gay marriage in the United Kingdom. This article is very good because the legalization of gay marriage is still a big subject that is spoken about today in the media because it is not accepted everywhere as marriage between a man and a woman. The only thing that I would change about this article is that I would’ve looked for findings and compare the United Kingdom with another country to see where it is legalized.
http://www.cbc.ca/news2/interactives/map-same-sex-marriage-world/
Probably use this map to make comparisons.

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