Years ago, same-sex marriage was not up for debate because of the societal ideas of ritual, anomie, and the sacred. I only know because I had some acquaintances that got arrested in Texas before the law was ruled unconstitutional. By locating heterosexual marriage within the domain of nature, it is protected from contact with things that threaten its sacred status. Several issues and compromises mentioned in the article would certainly please Emile Durkheim, or at least speak to the ideas he promulgates in his writings. Sam-sex couples went against the norm, and allowing marriage would have made all the people in the society descend into anomie and would destroy the sacredness and ritual of marriage as they currently saw it. Marriage and nature are both sacred in Durkheimian terms because they must be radically separated from matters profane. Author information:
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All of this destruction to social norms and rituals would lead to an irrevocable case of anomie, which would be the ultimate destruction. The article I read in the Washington Post was about the bill they tried to pass in Maryland last year to legalize same-sex marriage. Years ago, same-sex marriage was not up for debate because of the societal ideas of ritual, anomie, and the sacred. Social Theory Lucha Libre.
Claims about the spectre of gays and lesbians marrying reveal a deeper unease about the status of heterosexual marriage and the nuclear family.