Same Sex Marriages
According to the June 10, 2009 issue of the New York Times, “New Hampshire Legislature approved revisions to a same sex marriage bill on June 3, 2009 and Governor Lynch promptly signed the legislation making New Hampshire the sixth state to let gay couples wed…” (p. 1). Marriage is an institution of which interpersonal relationships are recognized by the state and by religious order. Legalizing same sex marriages in New Hampshire is the latest in the deinstitutionalization of marriage. Included in this essay will be the definition and discussion of deinstitutionalization of marriage, the functionalist perspective of same sex marriage and how we can potentially change the perception of marriage in the future.
Cherlin (2004) stated “deinstitutionalization is the weakening of the social norms that define people’s behavior in a social institution” (p. 848). When all is well with society, people take for granted the norms without question or doubt. Only when individuals go outside of the norms people no longer think alike and must then decide how they must act. Same sex married couples should understand that marriage will thrust into a place where there is no institutional support. Marriage is a union under God and God’s will is that the couple be joined together to procreate. Same sex marriages will never be able to have biological children hence falling out of the social norms and becoming labeled “deinstitutionalized.”
According to Leon-Guerrero (2009) “The functionalist perspective focuses on the structure (family, finances and education) of society and their essential and unique functions that create and maintain social order” (p. 2). In essence the functionalist is a believer in heterosexuality and the ideal marriage would be between a man and woman which is what is considered to be normal. Lawyers, politicians and society work in conjunction with one another to support the functionalist’s perspective of heterosexual...