The article I used for this assignment is “APA supports marriage equality”, written by Erica Demarest found in Windy City Times, August 10, 2011. The issue is whether members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender (LGBT) community should be allowed to marry and have the same equal rights of the Heterosexual community. This is an issue that has been around for quite some time. Some states have given the LGBT community equal rights but the problem is that they do not have the same federal rights. According to Demarest, (2011) The American Psychological Association voted unanimously in support of a resolution backing same-sex marriage.
Recently, the Supreme Court has heard arguments from both sides on this issue and expects to deliver a decision in the coming months.
I would apply several of Ruggiero’s strategies to address the issue and apparent problem with the topic of marriage equality. I could take the novel approach and get rid of the marriage altogether. What is marriage truly? If you listen to the naysayers marriage is a religious right and not anything that the government should interfere with. Well if this is the case why do we allow men and women to marry in front of a judge who has the authority to perform marriages? How do atheists get married when they do not believe in God?
I could invent a new service or modify the existing process and system of marriage by thinking about the economy and the money that could be raised from the fees for marriage licenses and the economic boost for businesses such as wedding planners, banquet halls, and payments for clergy or judges to perform the marriage ceremony. Not to mention if the LGBT couples have the same rights as Heterosexual couples and they choose to end their relationship, a divorce would be required for them to marry again and the economic impact for Attorney fees and the divorce filing fees that could be collected in the dissolution of the marriage.