The Inclusion Of Same Sex Marriage Essay

700 Words Nov 16th, 2016 3 Pages
After decades of sociopolitical mobilization by members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community and their allies, the Supreme Court of the United States made the landmark ruling legalizing same-sex marriage in 2015. While the ruling was celebrated as a universal victory for the LGBT community, some members of the LGBT community have heavily criticized the marriage equality movement for shaping the LGBT politics around what heterosexuals consider acceptable and respectable1. My research addresses how LGBT respectability may differ among LGBT racial minorities.
The central question I address is: How do factors explaining the wide acceptance of same-sex marriage legalization differ among LGBT people of color? Racially specific respectability politics among LGBT racial minorities offer a possible explanation for different or similar reception of same-sex marriage legalization within this population. Politics of respectability refers to the attempts at the policing of marginalized members of the society to construct a “positive sense of self” and appeal one’s normalcy and appropriateness as defined by the dominant cultural scripts of the white, middle-class, and heterosexual society2,3. Thus, the adherence to respectability politics allows individuals to overcome stigma by abiding by the norms of the dominant culture4. Previous research shows that black lesbians perceive same-sex marriage as an opportunity to evince racial solidarity by adhering to the…

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