An Elastic Institution

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Courtney Lubrano Ms. Stoudenroth Com-051 Journal 4 21, July 2013 Borneman, John and Laurie Kain Hart, argue in their article, “An Elastic Institution” for the right to same sex marriages. They express in the article, “marriage, in other words, is not only diverse across cultures but also dynamic and changing in Americas own history.” Borneman and Hart go onto argue that to secure a place of a child in the social order doesn’t necessarily need to be practiced by a man and a woman but from socially approved form of marriage (5). They also say that the identity to children “last name” is extraordinarily diverse. For example, children that are adopted will take on the name of the adoptive parent and children taking on the last name of the mother (4). To conclude Borneman and Hart explains, “While the model of marriage is arguably heterosexual, the practice of marriage is not.” In O’Brien, Breda’s article, “Further dilution of marriage could have dire results,” she will argue against same sex marriages and that because of heterosexuals we are facing the erosion of what marriage used to stand for (8). O’Brien raises many questions to the readers about the concerning changes in marriage and how it is changing the values on how we protect our children. She explains that marriage is constantly evolving to meet the needs of society and not for the children. The more we focus on our own emotional fulfillment the more we give away the understanding of marriage, says O’Brien (9). I have always considered myself an open-minded person especially when it comes to changes with in our society. However, my personal values and morals I would have to agree with Breda O’Brien. In her article she expressed that our society has changed its values to personal fulfillment and not about the children first. As a single mother I strive to make sure with every decision
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