For instance, adults take on new parenting roles and children take on new roles as well, such as a new stepparent or sibling. The parents and/or children may be required to relocate into a completely different house in a completely new neighborhood or city, which leads to separation issues with their nuclear family. With all these issues at hand it is obvious that this can be very stressful for everyone. Even more, this causes even more stresses, such as money. An ecological factor such as economics can have a huge impact on stepfamilies.
With the rise in divorce, there has been in an increase in the number of step-families in the American society. Equally as important, with the recent change in laws, most couple decide to cohabitate. Both step parents and cohabiting parents challenge the institution of marriage; thus, forcing society to form new ways of defining family. The working definition of cohabitation is an arrangement where two or more people who are not married live together in an emotionally and or sexually intimate relationship on a long term or permanent basis. However, most cohabiting couples tend to have children.
Like in the cultures of the Romans, Greeks, pretty much all the cultures that grow and prospered around the Mediterrane... ... middle of paper ... ...uple is made of two gay people this does not mean they do not have the capacity to love and provide for a child. So why not give them chance to do so and provide homes for a child who is in need of one. This is another big issue that goes along gay marriage. Society has come a long way in learning to accept homosexuality but; it still has a long way to go. Even though not every person in society will grow to accept homosexuality, the more that do the, better off same sex couples will be.
Gail Sheely once said, “If we don’t change, we don’t grow. And if we don’t grow, we aren’t really living.” The family, especially in America, is the epitome of this quote – the American family is always growing and changing (not always for the better) and finding new ways and ideas that are constantly redefining the word family. Over the past century, the structure of families has changed greatly. Also, the roles and responsibilities of the individual members of families have changed drastically. Perhaps receiving the biggest change is the morals and values that families observe.
We have seen major shifts in the demographic constitution of the family and public policy, especially in terms of their formation and dissolution. As a result of this there is far more diversity in people's domestic and living arrangements compared to how they were earlier in the centuries. It has been noticed over these recent decades that living patterns between individuals are less and less conforming appropriately to the model of the nuclear family leaving some commentators to claim the family is in terminal decline. Increases in divorce, cohabitation, births outside marriage and lone parent families all result in old certainties to family formations being questioned. (Kiernan, 1998) In society, the family is seen as a ... ... middle of paper ... ... London:Family Policy Studies Centre Giddens, A.
Now in the twenty-first century, many children are going to afterschool care due to either both parents working or living in single parent homes. The question is not if marriage is outdated or altogether obsolete; it is how far has the idea of marriage changed and shifted to fit the society and times we are currently living in? Some would say marriage is an old-fashioned idea and should be done away with to make room for new and more current ideas. I would argue marriage is not an old-fashioned idea, it is just that we have more than one idea to consider when it comes to marriage and
Being married is more than just a title when it comes to the benefits of being married. When gays are not allowed to marry, your significant other cannot speak on your behalf, which is something gay couples are still trying to deal with. Another complication that rises with gay marriage is taxes, when filing you claims dependency and relationship status, whereas gays are allowed to adopt children, they cannot claim the right relationship status. Gay marriage provides homosexual couples the same rights as heterosexuals. There are a plethora of benefits attached to marriages as opposed to civil unions and domestic partnerships.
However, due to the different sexual orientations of the two partners, problems often occur, causing emotional harm to"closet gays," their partners, and their children (Harbinger 683). If gay marriage were legal, homosexuality would be legitimate. Thus, the number of "closet gays" would decrease, as acceptance of their sexual orientation increases. In short, society would be spared a lot of trouble--the breakup of a family or dissatisfaction with one's life, especially of the homosexual partner, as she or he tries to comply with society's standards. Same-sex marriage is just in that it provides gay couples with the same rights as heterosexual couples.
Homosexual couples should have the same rights to marry as heterosexual couples. Denying this right is unjust and is discrimination towards a group of people. Same-sex marriage has become more of a political issue when it really should be left up to one’s own personal and religious beliefs. Even though there are a few states that recognize legal same-sex marriage or domestic partnership, couples still have to face feeling inferior because of the little to no benefit they are given, while heterosexual marriages have an abundant of rights, privileges and benefits. If it is our constitutional right to get married to the person our choice then let it be.
Current societal trends allow for more flexibility in establishing, building, and maintaining a relationship with another individual. Decades ago it was not acceptable for a couple to have sex or live together before they were married. Today, it is common for couples to reside together, even before they are engaged. The rise of couples who cohabitate prior to marriage has altered the way our society perceives marriage and relationships and led to a reformulation of the dating process. Prior to the 1960’s it was seen as untoward for couples to have live together if they were not married.