CCO103 CRITICAL READINGS E-PORTFOLIO ASSIGNMENT

Learning Experience

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Individual Summary

The United States Supreme court decision to allow same-sex marriage was a move that was met with jubilant cheers from human rights activists who believed that having a different sexual orientation should not create discriminations. However, there remained widespread disapproval to this landmark decision. The dissentients feel that there is a need to impose their own beliefs on others, and in the process, deny a homosexual’s matrimonial rights.

Through the parody of Kim Davies, the real-life clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples despite its legalization, it served to illustrate the discriminations faced by same-sex couples and the disputes arising. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights recognizes “that every one of us is born free and equal in dignity and rights.” (United Nations, 2015) However, by denying marriage license to the couple due to one’s opposing views is an infringement on the couple’s rights. Banning all forms of marriage would supposedly bring equal rights to humans of all sexual orientations since everybody cannot marry.

Interviews conducted on people from all walks of life unanimously agreed that all marriages should be banned. Comparing this to the earlier scene where all forms of marriage were legalized and disputes were occurring, the marriage ban had restored the community to its tranquillity. Furthermore, the scene captioned “where fantasies come to life” symbolised a promiscuous single male enjoying the company of several sexual partners. While marriages promotes the restriction of sexual activities to within husband and wife, a marriage ban could lead to a rise of sexual deviants since there would be no law binding union. The introduction of a marriage expert parodied after the infamous playboy Hugh Hefner was an ironic twist intended for the audience to question his opinions on the marriage ban.

The all marriage ban would merely form the furthest rightist end of a human rights spectrum against the leftist end which is the legalization of all forms of marriages and hence would have its own detractors. The society cannot conform to every individual’s own desires and social cohesion can only be possible if everybody remain tolerant regardless of sexual orientation.


Reflections

Beliefs of an individual should never be imposed on another. Marriages should be allowed for all consenting adults, regardless of gender and sexual orientation. Yet, there are individuals in our world who are being denied of the right to marry the person they love. The usual retaliation would be a  “Mind your own business” snipe, especially in the case of the Kentucky clerk who refused to issue marriage license to a gay couple. It was a unique task where the controversial suggestion of banning of all marriages to avoid fights from occurring is to be presented in satirical form.

“Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.” The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Whether we believe or oppose it, the most important thing to maintain peace is to practise tolerance.