Recently, the issue of gay couples’ rights to marry has raised much controversy. Over 60% of the population does not believe that gay couples should have the right to marry, but those that agree and disagree with gay marriage are all voicing loud protests against one another. President Bush is currently attempting to pass a Constitutional Amendment defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman. Most proponents of this amendment hold marriage as a sacred religious ceremony. Ritual, as defined by Randall Collins is a “’stereotyped sequence of gestures and sounds’… that make emotions more intense, and commit them more strongly to views of reality…” (Wallace and Wolf, 148). Those who are against gay marriage hold this view of a sacred ritual with family and friends. It is something that little girls spend years longing for. What they are not seeing, however, is that marriage does not end after the ceremony, and that the ceremony doesn’t have to be about a white dress and a church.
"Will I Marry Her?,"
Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge: Vol. 2
, Article 4.
Available at: http://scholarworks.umb.edu/humanarchitecture/vol2/iss2/4