Month: January 2013

No Legal Argument Against Same-Sex Marriage, Still Illegal…

Written by David Buchanan

President Obama gave an inaugural speech on Monday that will certainly go down in the history books as he is the first President in history to refer to homosexuals, particularly gays, as an accepted (yet in many societies, only considered as tolerated)  sexual orientation or preference. In addition to this, he also declared that gays and lesbians struggling for equality were on par with the civil rights movements of the past.

The President’s view regarding gay marriage has certainly changed from when he was first elected.  He started out as being openly opposed to gay marriage, and then in 2008 said that his position was “constantly evolving.”  Last May 2012, he became the first President who had publicly stated that same-sex couples should be allowed to get married.

And when it comes right down to it, why not?  Washington politics continues to push to define marriage as between a man and a woman but where does that notion actually come from?  Religion.  When it boils right down to it, the notion that marriage should be between a man and a woman comes from the biblical notion that man should not lie with man.

However, when looking at the law, what practical purpose does it serve to define marriage as opposite sex couples?  If you listed to Republican arguments about “preserving marriage”, many of those arguments center around societal concerns and concerns about children being raised without a father or a mother.

These concerns mostly surround the traditional roles of mothers and fathers.  Studies have shown that children without fathers in their lives are less likely to be successful than those who did not have a traditional two parent home.

The problem with this argument is that it assumes that having opposite sex parents is the only viable solution to the problem.  What benefit does the child get from having a father or mother that does not want to be around, or worse still, is a detriment to the development of the child.

If you listen at the core of most arguments against a same-sex union, it all revolves around religion and morality or social concerns that are more concerns revolving around principles established over 200 years ago and not in line with modern principles.  The problem with this sort of thinking is that America is supposed to be a land that embraces freedom of religion and diversity.  Part of that is accepting other belief systems even if they differ than yours.

Same-sex marriage isn’t about destroying the institution of marriage, it is about couples having the same rights regardless of whether they are gay or straight.  Looking past the moral implications surrounding the issues, marriage is a contract between two people and same-sex couples who want to have the same rights to execute their contract.

When the Supreme Court looks at this matter later this year, they need to look past the moral objections and focus on the legality of banning same-sex marriages.  If there is a legitimate reason to declare marriage as a union between a man and a woman, then that needs to be clearly defined.  If instead the banning of same-sex marriage is based on morality, then it is time to allow same-sex marriage in this country.

How Do Developmental Leaderships and Coalitions Emerge?

  The United Nations, the Peace Corps, and the Developmental Leadership Program can promote coalitions to bring about social changes in developing countries. They can support education, better housing, clean water, and improved medical care. Developing countries may not have the social agencies needed to address the problems for their citizens. As the global markets move toward a higher technological level, the less developed countries may face living and working conditions that are not the best. These same countries have the advantage of offering a lower wage to their workers which makes the product prices lower. They can compete with the other countries where the average wage is much higher so as to accommodate the higher cost of living. And while the developing countries are establishing coalitions to promote better health care, the more developed countries are creating coalitions to put tariffs on the imported products from the developing countries. In the United States, the automobile manufacturing workers have unions to protect their wages which can be more than $25.00 per hour plus benefits. The unions and the workers protect their jobs and level of income.

-Developmental Leaderships

The need to compete, or the need to provide more humane treatment, can bring about developmental leaderships. This can be generated from a focus group’s steering committee which has noticed that a country is less industrialized than the rest. The United Nations, and the Developmental Leadership Program, usually assist with the third world nations which tend to be more rural. And sometimes there are cultural barriers in a country which can restrict education and more modern manufacturing. That is when the issue of human rights can be challenged so that more modern health care, higher technology, and industrial development can be implemented. Programs for more sanitary living and working conditions can be supported from outside a country. The Teamsters Union does not support unsafe working conditions in any country. 

-Coalitions

When people notice a void, then actions can happen. There is void in the international policies regarding leaders and coalitions that is recognized by the Developmental Leadership Program. The countries with the higher standards of living can require higher wages. And many companies will send their operations to the lesser developed nations for production, and then export the products. Most of the these countries have not reached the level of development and education that will compete with the larger nations. Unions are coalitions that form to protect worker rights when bargaining for a contract with an employer. Coalitions can assemble to stop pollution, to encourage recycling, and to promote school breakfast and lunch programs.

-Emerging

While the countries continue to develop toward higher education, there will be more coalitions which form to address other problems. The competition for jobs has increased the level of education. Most of the management jobs require a college degree today. The coalitions are working for safer working conditions, better product safety, and more consumer information about product quality. And the developmental leaderships continue to support progressive, industrialized nations.  

Will writes for a number of businesses including DLPROG, based in Australlia. To learn more about their work, read their articles about Integrity In Leadership visit http://www.dlprog.org.