Should Same-Sex Marriage Be Legally Recognized Universally in the U.S.?(by Sean Conner)

The Research Question

Should same-sex marriage be legally recognized universally in the United States?

Part 1:

Stinger, Josephy W. “Same Sex Marriage, Full Faith and Credit, and the Evasion of Obligation.” Same Sex Marriage, Full Faith and Credit, and the Evasion of Obligation. Harvard, 2005. Web. 14 Nov. 2014.

This feels like a great source to use because it is used represented by Harvard and Published in the Stanford Journal of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties.This article is broken into three parts. The first part describes the general model of the relative connection between contract and obligation. By covering this the author then covers the types of reasons courts and legislatures gives when they refuse to allow or enforce contractual arrangements such as same sex marriage.In Part 2 the author expands his research to law issues that come across within

The context of marriage. He addresses several situations and digs into the traditional rules that cover the battle of laws in the marriage area and compare those to the treatment given other sorts of contracts.Finally He addresses the meaning and applicability of the Full Faith and Credit Clause as it applies to same sex marriages and to the federal and state Defense of Marriage Acts.

Although this is a very technical article and goes into cracks and crevices of the research question and it hits on great points, it is a difficult read. Basically the hypocrisy of the how contracts can be made on almost anything except for like slave trade or drugs but can’t be made over marriage. Marriage at the end of the day is a contract and shouldn’t be controlled by choice of religion, sex, or race.

Associated Press. “South Carolina: Marriage Ban Falls.” The New York Times. The New York Times, 12 Nov. 2014. Web. 14 Nov. 2014.

It seems quite obvious that this is a good source because it is the New York Times. They aren’t going to publish things that are exaggerated or in any other way not verified before posting. This is a very short article, but can definitely break away into other research. It talks about how South Carolina refused to ban gay marriage as well as Virginia. South Carolina is the ONLY state in that district that won’t allow gay marriages.

This is a short article, but it just goes to show how the bible belt of South Carolina stick with their religion although they DO have smart enough judges to realize that it’s unconstitutional to just outright ban it. By doing that they are telling people what they can believe and even be a gateway to other laws being made such as not hiring people who are in the LGBT community.

Lipka, Michael. “Young U.S. Catholics Overwhelmingly Accepting of Homosexuality.” Pew Research Center RSS. Pew Research, 2014. Web. 17 Nov. 2014.

This article is very informative and an enjoyable read. In this article they talk about how young Catholics (which seem to rule the world) are more accepting about same sex marriage. The Pew Research center did a survey and some interviews determining what kind of say the youth have over this and it seems like quite a bit. It talks about Pope Francis’s open opinion on same sex marriage and that 50% of Catholic churches recognize it.

This corresponds with a paper on same-sex marriage because the only reason that same sex marriage is even controversial to begin with is because of the Bible. People have twisted and turned religion to want to believe that it is a same for two people of the same sex to be together. That has gone on for centuries and we expect overnight (100 years) to change that. You can’t tell someone that it’s wrong to steal for thousands of years and then finally say never mind its okay and expect everyone to be okay with it. It doesn’t happen that way.

Part 2:



  1. Leah Webb


    This particular topic is very close to me, as I have several friends who belong in the LGBT community as well as a family member. I was glad to have the opportunity to read an article from someone who is also close to this topic. Within the past few months, I was glad to see that multiple states passed the law that allows same-sex marriage (my home state as well— North Carolina). You chose a great selection of resources to back up your research question. I particularly enjoyed reading the article about how Catholics are more open and accepting to same-sex marriages. This was shocking to me, because I had not educated myself in this knowledge before, and was impressed to read this new information. It made me have a different outlook on those who are religious. I don’t come from a religious family, except my mother, but I do live in a state that recognizes Christianity very strongly. It has always been an issue with some people that live in my community. However, once I moved into Asheville, North Carolina, things changed very quickly. The community in Asheville, NC recognizes the LGBT community. The support that Asheville gives to the community is something I had never recognized in North Carolina. That was the moment I realized Asheville is one of the best city for me to live in because it is so open and so weird that it feels right to say it’s home.

    I’m glad you decided to write a blog about your research question. I like that you tied it into your personal story. In the blog, you bring to life your research question about same-sex marriage. I believe that’s a benefit in creating a blog; you’re able to become personal and connect with your audience. Immediately, I was emotionally attached to your family when you expressed the hardships they go through without having their real father around. In a way, I can relate, but instead I did not have a mother who was ready to be a mother; therefore, she was never around either. It’s great that you’re married to a woman who is independent and stands for what she believes in. She sounds like a very strong individual and a great mother. In the long run, her kids will really appreciate that, and knowing that no matter what she will always have their back. One thing I noticed in the blog writing was that there needed to be some peer editing. Just a few grammar and spelling errors.

    Overall, I enjoyed reading about your personal story and your research about same-sex marriage. I hope you continue to stand for this as strong as it seems that you are, and teach your step children the importance of accepting others as they are.

    • Thank you for the response although there is one thing I must correct. I now, nor ever, will refer to them as my step children. They are mine as if I provided the other half of their DNA. I appreciate the helpful suggestions though!

  2. Lori Van Ravenhorst

    Hi Sean-

    I really liked exploring your blog. Your passion (not only for your subject but, also your wife- sweet!) was very prevalent throughout the entire site, as well as your “voice.” I liked the well-roundedness you brought to the blog with your situational references (your wife, family, history), combined with the straight facts. I also really like how you showed all sides and angles of those facts and contrasted them with your own personal anecdotes to better give a “face,” literally, I enjoyed your pictures (and your family/lady is beautiful) to coincide with your arguments.

    The only one critique I might have is the overall organization of your blog, it took me a minute to connect all the “dots.” But, that could be due to my own inexperience when it comes to all things “blog.” My favorite post/ entry had to be your post involving your marriage proposal and the real reasons for same-sex marriage. I don’t think you could have made it any more obvious for why ALL people should be able to marry whomever they like than with that post. Awesome! “In this case, gay marriage would allow couples rights that previously they had not had access to. These include, but are not limited to, benefiting from one another’s insurance, being allowed visitation rights and disclosure of medical information in the event of hospitalization or serious health risks, and the ability to combine and share assets in a manner in which if something were to happen to one of one of the partners or the partnership were to dissolve that both parties would have legal right to protections and the ability to obtain what is rightfully and legally theirs” = A no brainer.

    Overall I really enjoyed reading through your blog and feel you covered all aspects of the debate, while firmly rooting your argument, and throwing in some great, personal quirkiness into the mix. Well Done!

    It would be cool to see if you continued this blog along. I think you have lots of potential as a blogger. Cheers! And Congrats to you and your wife!

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