One group of proponents of the bill argued that the California Supreme Court did not have the right to rule the ban on same-sex marriages unconstitutional earlier this year. They said that Prop 8, rather, would ensure that the issue be democratically decided upon. But our founding fathers didn’t build this nation on a system of complete democracy, fearing the excess of the masses against minority groups. Instead, they created an electoral system and different branches of government to uphold the ideals of the constitution. This first camp ignores the historical dangers of allowing the majority to vote on a minority’s civil rights.
Perry Wheeler Dr. Livengood WRIT 101 10/13/2010 Is It Worth Telling Over the past sixteen years society’s views on homosexuals has greatly changed. This has had an impact on the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy due to the argument of freedom of speech. The policy states that gay persons in the military could be discharged for admitting homosexuality but not for actually being gay. Kathleen Parker discusses “The military maybe a microcosm of society in some ways but it most definitely is not a democracy” (12). Although homosexual people believe that banning gays from the military violates their civilian rights; the military says that people give up the rights and freedoms when enrolling.
Proposition 8 was a 2008 California ballot measure that outlawed same-sex marriage. It undid a decision by the state Supreme Court from earlier that year that found an earlier ban to be illegal. Since its passage, Proposition 8 has been the subject of court actions and has continued to be one of the central battlefields in the fight over same-sex marriage in the United States. In August 2011, a federal district judge found that Proposition 8 — passed by California voters by a margin of 52 percent to 48 percent — violated the equal protection rights of two same-sex couples that brought the suit. The proposition placed a specific prohibition in the State Constitution against marriage between two people of the same sex.
Review of Chet Meeks’ and Arlene Stein’s Article “Refiguring the Family: Towards a Post-Queer Politics of Gay and Lesbian Marriage” While same-sex relationships have been recognized in countries like Europe, South Africa, Australia, and North America, America banned same-sex marriage one year after a Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples were entitled to equal rights. In Refiguring the Family: Towards a Post-Queer Politics of Gay and Lesbian Marriage, the authors Chet Meeks and Arlene Stein focus not on the resistance to lesbian and gay marriage by the American mainstream, but on the opinions within the lesbian and gay community, since the lesbian and gay communities have been divided in the United States about the issue. Meeks and
Funding Bigotry: The Future of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Between 1994 and 2003, the U.S. government decided that enforcing “don’t ask, don’t tell” was worth $363 million dollars of taxpayer money. Even though proponents claim that homosexuals serving openly in the military "would create an unacceptable risk to the high standards of morale, good order and discipline, and unit cohesion that are the essence of military capability", continued application of "don't ask, don't tell" will only further damage the credibility of the United States military forces. Research has shown that "don't ask, don't tell" no longer matches public opinion, is inconsistent with younger enlisted service members views, and opens
If people demand the extension of marriage to include same sex unions in a state arguing it is unconstitutional, but the court deems it as constitutional, then a statute is in place for future cases to be based on. Once a statute is in place, it becomes more difficult to upturn the initial ruling. Also, because of religious ties, there are a large number of people who are against same sex marriage. As a result, a vote to change marriage laws in a state must come at a time when the majority of votes will not be against it. If the majority of people vote against same sex marriage, then it shows that is not an important issue and future votes may not be called for due to the large number of people against it.
For example, the debate about gay marriage and if it is legal. As of now many states do not allow the marriage of gay people. Some states allow them to become a couple but call it something else such as the union of two people. The difference between the state and federal government is that each state has a different law about gay marriage. Not every state agrees that gay marriage is wrong and illegal, but if the federal government were to pass a amendment outlawing gay marriage then every state who allows gay marriage would have to declare it unconstitutional and against the law.
Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Helpful Or Harmful Arnetia Rhone ENG/102 November 13, 2011 Ellen Anderson A President Barack Obama stated “As of today, patriotic Americans in uniform will no longer have to lie about who they are in order to serve the country they love. “This was said after history for our country and the military was changed. The “don’t ask don’t tell “law was passed during the Clinton administration on December 21, 1993. From then on many soldiers were affected by the law and lost their careers behind as a result of it. Many say allowing homosexuals to serve in the military is a mistake, but finally after 18 “don’t ask don’t tell” is band enabling homosexuals to serve openly.
THE EFFECT OF JOHN FITZGERALD KENNEDY’S LIFE AND ASSASSINATION ON THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT Kristen Toler Miss. Smith APUSH May 21, 2015 Many know about the assassination of John Fitzgerald Kennedy to be the death of hope throughout the nation. During the election of 1960, Fitzgerald stood for his beliefs on racial equality and gained many votes from African Americans, but with his strong political and economic beliefs also gained the white votes. Once he was elected into office, many Americans saw this as new hope for the decade, especially the African Americans who saw his win as a fighting chance for equality throughout the nation and praised Mr. Kennedy. The 1963 assassination of John Fitzgerald Kennedy impacted
It has been nationally and internationally proclaimed that the United States presidential election of 2008 was a historical election. The election can be considered historical for many reasons, most notably because the first African American president was elected. However, on a grander scale, the election of 2008 has brought about a significant party realignment with a powerful Democrat Party now dominating the fallen Republican Party. Conservatives, whose traditional stance is against change, found themselves voting for a very liberal candidate campaigning for change, Barack Obama. Barack Obama’s ability to garner many voters from the Republican Party, particularly conservatives, caused his landslide win in the presidential election and reflects the current shifting of party loyalties in the American political landscape.