Structural Functionalist Theory: Saving Marriage By Banning Marriage

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The chapter titled “Saving Marriage by Banning Marriage” uses structural-functionalist theory. This theory “sees society as a structure with interrelated parts designed to meet the biological and social needs of the individuals in that society” (Lumen). One of the parts that works together with the others is religion. This fits the study because religion is a main influence on the voters’ opinions in this study. The whole chapter was based around the Christian Right. Also, several churches came together in order to have a greater influence over the voters in each state. Some of the churches did not agree on any other issues besides making same sex marriage illegal.
Also, a main point of the Structural Functionalist theory is that all of the
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One case that supports same sex marriages in Goodridge et al. v. Department of Public Health. In this case, the Supreme Court ruled that “’barring an individual from the protections, benefits, and obligations of civil marriage solely because that person would marry a person of the same sex violates the Massachusetts constitution’” (p. 56). This case concluded that same sex marriages were not against the law in Massachusetts. Also, same sex couples were allowed to get married in San Francisco (p. 56). These two decisions were the start of the growing support of same sex marriage that ultimately led to same sex marriage being legalized on a national level in 2015. The problem that the Christian Right had with same-sex marriage is that it would disturb the sanctity of marriage. The main problem that they addressed is having a safeguard against same-sex marriage in the Constitution. The one thing that all of the members of the Christian right agreed on is having “an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would define marriage as a union between one man and one woman in all states, thereby overriding all state constitutions and laws” (p. 59). The main goal of the Christian Right was to prevent same-sex marriages in the United …show more content…
This study was done in order to show that the voters that Bush gained from the Christian Right helped him win the election in Ohio. Out of all of the factors tested, only six had noteworthy results. Those factors were partisanship, ideology, the Iraq war, Ohio’s economy, gender, and the issue 1 vote. The strongest factors in Ohio’s votes for Bush were the voters’ beliefs about the Iraqi War and Partisanship at the significance of 108.34 and 92.80 respectively. The Issue 1 vote was third at a significance of 14.12. The results show that although other factors influenced Bush’s votes in Ohio, Issue 1 did have a significant influence over the voters as

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