According to Erica Hunter marriage is a “legal and social contract, and an institution that includes romance and weddings that reinforce gender roles and heterosexuality” (Hunter 308). Is that really the case now though? I think not.
Hunter explains that marriage provides a lot of couples with many personal benefits as well as a marker of transition to adulthood. With that, marriage helps legitimate heterosexual relationships because the relationships between marriage and sexuality is created and maintained through gender expectations and roles. Heterosexual marriage is celebrated in our society and is sitting at an outstanding 90% of population that will be married in their lives (Hunter 309). This clearly shows how marriage is an institution that reinforces the idea that heterosexuality is the way to be.
Nonethess, over time marriage has drastically changed. One of the main differences is that same-sex couples are now allowed to marry. In 35 states: AK, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, HI, ID, IA, IL, IN, KS, ME, MD, MA, MN, MT, NC, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, UT, VA, VT, WA, WV, WI, and WY, plus Washington, D.C. and St. Louis, Missouri – same-sex couples have the freedom to marry. Below is a map that explain it in detail. Continue reading