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Describe the sociological forces that have generated the controversy over same-sex marriages and civil unions in the United States. Explain the ramifications of these unions on society and describe whether and how this will result in further social change.

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For an interesting read and some personal insight into some of these sociological factors, read the reader comments based on the website below. Many of the sociological issues I will talk about are alluded to or discussed outright by the contributors to the site.

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For a good definition and foundation on what causes something to be a "sociological problem" check out the website below.

http://www.soc.iastate.edu/sapp/soc235ssm.html

Sociological forces that have generated the controversy over same-sex marriage and civil unions in the United States:

1. The definition of marriage:
For the entirety of human existence marriage has had very specific parameters and a precise purpose. In most cases it involved a public ceremony attended by members of the community. A religious component was often present. Marriage involved a privileged relationship between a man and a woman and gave certain rights and responsibilities to each. Relationships of a sexual and emotional nature certainly existed outside of marriage. Prostitution and casual sex have been a part of human existence for thousands of years. However, marriage offered security for a woman knowing that she wouldn't be simply used and tossed aside. For the man it offered a permanent sexual partner and helper in life. When one remembers that for most of human history simply staying alive required a significant amount of work and the concept of leisure time was virtually unheard of, having a partner to share in the chores of everyday life was a huge asset.

In the study of human history, marriage has always been between a man and a woman. While in some societies it was permissible to have more than one husband or wife the actual wedding/marriage was a contract/covenant between one man and one woman. The same sex marriage advocates and cause is trying ...

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This solution examines the impact that same-sex marriages have on social change as well as the forces that have contributed to the controversy surrounding same-sex marriage. Over 1,200 words of original text along with included sources for further research and study.

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- In what ways does this situation exemplify how social change can affect law (law as a dependent variable)?
- In what ways does this situation exemplify how legal change can affect some aspect of society (law as an independent variable)?

Read the following examples and answer the questions posed for each example:

Example #1: Suppose within five years, same-sex marriage is legalized in a majority of states. As a result of the passing of these laws, the number of same-sex marriages increases.

- Is this result a direct or indirect effect of the legal change? Explain.
- What are the impacts of the law in this example?

Example #2: Suppose within five years, same-sex marriages are legalized in a majority of states and the number of same-sex marriages increases dramatically. As a result, society's views towards same-sex marriage shifts and more people become supportive of these marriages.

- Is this result a direct or indirect effect of the legal change? Explain.
- What are the impacts of the law in this example?

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