Social/Policy Implications: The Obergefell V. Hodges Case

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Social/Policy Implications: The Obergefell v. Hodges case is one of the most controversial. As is the case with all issues, there are at least two sides. This is no different as the Supreme Court received praise and applause for breaking a social barrier. They also received criticism for straying from tradition and supporting an undesirable group of people. An article by Faber and Strano (2015) details how leaders of some of the less supportive states felt after the decision. Arkansas and Texas officials were unsupportive of the legalizing of homosexual marriage. The Kentucky and Missouri officials were very supportive of the ruling. In this regard, the adversarial nature of this nation is exposed. In almost all aspects there are two sides, …show more content…
However, with respect to the treatment of its people, it could do better. Across time, there are several minority groups that have faced horrible consequences based on things they cannot control. Among those groups, is the LGBT community, and this group acquired a major victory in the realm of equality. This victory has come from the landmark Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges. This case legalized homosexual marriage throughout the country, a monumental success for this demographic, that has never had this right bestowed upon them. The right to marry might seem trivial to some, but for those who have never been able too, it is an amazing feeling. Although not everyone feels so positively about it, those individuals are not in great company at least that is what the research suggests. That is not to say that these individuals and entities are not causing problems for those trying to enjoy the right. The most notable are the clerks in Kentucky refusing to issue licenses and the courts in Arkansas upholding poor legislation to attack homosexual couples. Overall, this case decision has set the stage for equal protection and treatment for the LGBT

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