Jan 12, 2018 in Sociology

Marriage, Gays, and Equal Rights

In his piece titled "Marriage and the Supremes" in The New York Times last March 23, Frank Bruni's column talks about gay rights and how the advocacy changed the nation's opinion in a short period of time. Bruni noted that same-sex marriage legalization is worth for every American to think over with. Bruni set the Republican Party as an example of major opinion changes; prominent Republicans have signed up to support marriage equality despite Republican's 2012 platform that appealed for an amendment to forbid gay marriage.

Bruni quoted BuzzFeed's Chris Geidner that gay rights advocates showed massive support during the latest Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAP), which he covered. To further empower equal marriage rights, in less than one week after the CPAP, Hilary Clinton and Rob Portman have become the newest endorsers of same-sex marriage; with the former releasing a video supporting marriage equality. President Obama has pledged support for equal marriage rights by including it on The Democratic Party platform the summer last year.

As per Bruni's observations, not long ago, four years earlier to be exact, these two political powerheads (Clinton and Obama) are both antagonists of gay marriage. The politicians are not the only ones who are changing the sides of their judgment. According to Bruni's column, the majority of Americans are in favor of gay marriage, according to the survey conducted by ABC News/Washington Post. Bruni pointed out that the big chunk of support comes from the age group of 18-29.

Different sectors and organizations also openly displayed their support for the equalizing marriage rights via signed amicus briefs and solidarity proclamations. As Bruni puts it, the advances can be attributed to the increasing visibility of homosexuals who have shared the truth of their lives. That Americans, Bruni pointed out, no longer rely to abstract reasoning when it comes to equal rights but rather on emotion.

After years and years of discrimination, the entire nation is finally illuminated on its effect on the people they care about. This has lead to Americans see same-sex marriage on a different light, Bruni explains.

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