Philosophy Essay

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1) The Facts: a. The Herald Newspaper in Everett, WA provides a public service “Wedding Book” in their Sunday paper. b. The section includes announcements for weddings, engagements, and 25th and 50th wedding anniversaries. c. Each event reported has a one-column picture and two inches of copy. d. A lesbian couple submits an announcement for the “wedding book” page. e. Their announcement says they have just made a lifetime commitment to each other at a “bonding” ceremony in front of family and friends. f. The gay-marriage amendment has recently been voted down in the state by a considerable margin. 2) Values: a. Considering the gay marriage amendment has been voted down recently do I want to print this announcement? b. What are the consequences of printing this announcement? c. I hold the highest value to my job and my readers, so printing the announcement could result in a decrease in revenue for the newspaper. 3) What principles apply? a. John Stewart Mill “Utilitarianism” i. What are the outcomes of printing or not printing this announcement? ii. How will this affect the community or the couple of the announcement? iii. This decision might be harmful to the couple but best for the community and the company. b. Communitarianism i. What is best for my community? Printing the announcement might result in an outrage in the community for supporting the gay marriage concept. ii. What are the consequences of printing or not printing the announcement? The loss of subscribers or readers and the lesbian couple could be mad at the newspaper also. 4) Loyalties a. What is my highest loyalty? Is to my boss/job for putting together the “wedding book” section for the Sunday paper because those are my boss’s expectations. b. I care about the community and how they perceive the newspaper and me. c. I care about the company

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