The Issue Of Legalizing Same Sex Marriage Essay

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In 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States made the historical decision of legalizing same-sex marriage all across the nation, following decades of sociopolitical mobilization by members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community and their allies. However, many members of the LGBT community have criticized the disproportionate political-agenda focus of the national LGBT community on marriage equality, arguing that this narrow national focus sidesteps other urgent community issues like racism, class conflicts, transphobia, youth homelessness, and others (Spade and Willse 2013; Duggan 2012a; Warner 1999). Moreover, many LGBT activists and scholars, some of whom are black, have argued that the legalization of same-sex marriage may disproportionately benefit a certain segment of the LGBT population—the white, highly educated, middle to upper-middle class, gays and lesbians (Smith 2015; Duggan 2012b; Farrow 2004).
Despite such criticisms, previous research indicates that black LGBTs support the mainstream LGBT political agenda of marriage equality and perceive it to be second most important mainstream LGBT issues affecting their personal lives, following economic issues (Battle et al. 2012). Recognizing that black LGBTs’ views on the legalization of same-sex marriage are not monolithic, this study explores factors that may account for variation in black LGBTs attitude towards marriage. Using data from the 2010 Social Justice Sexuality…

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