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Thursday, June 14, 2012
Rights, Rights, and Rights
of same sex marriage will be an important social and political issue in the
next general election. Already, the discussion has stimulated debate among
American voters. Both President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden have shown
some degree of compassion for gays and lesbians and have been hinting the
significance of allowing gay couples to adopt children. Gay rights will remain
a burning issue until the 2012 elections are over and it could resurface again
anytime beyond this year’s presidential election. Any candidate whose political
thoughts contradict gay and lesbian rights will be subjected to thorough
scrutiny by supporters of the gay and lesbian rights.
and Meier (1996) argue that the gay and lesbian political power struggle is
identical to that of interest groups where interest groups driven by the
politics of compassion interact with political elites to gain their approval.
The gay and lesbian issue is akin to alcohol prohibition in rural areas where
rural Protestants, fighting to show the superiority of their values, argued for
its prohibition so that urban Catholic immigrants could not have access to
alcohol distribution (Hader-Markel & Meier, 1996). The politics of morality
has been documented in abortion and gambling laws, enforcement of prostitution,
birth control and other moral dimensions.
gay and lesbian movement is not only an American issue but an international
one. Gay and lesbians have penetrated the corridors of religion with some gay
priests coming forward and declaring their sexual feelings. Gays and lesbians
have found a place in the political spectrum and also in the military. Polikoff
argues that gays and lesbians existed among North American berdache (male
prostitutes; also known as Catamites) where some males married other males that
behaved like women but never conceived children nor carried the bow while some
women married other women and performed the duties of men (1993). Because
nations that are less democratic have legalized gay and lesbian marriage,
American political leaders will be compelled to tackle the rights of gays and
lesbians in the future.
Haider-Markel, D.P. &
Meier, K.J. (1996). The politics of gay and lesbian rights: Expanding the scope
of the conflict. The Journal of Politics, Vol. 58, No. 2, Pp. 332-349.
Polikoff, N.D. (1993). We will get what we
ask for: Why legalizing gay and lesbian marriage will not “dismantle the legal
structure of gender in every marriage”. Virginia Law Review, Vol. 79,
No. 7, Symposium on sexual orientation and the law, Pp. 1535-1550.