Surveys have established that people in the United States vary widely in their acceptance of the sexual and gender choices and orientations. Because of this, sociologists have assured that sexual tolerance is the acceptance of several sexual orientations and lifestyles in the society and is always accompanied by appropriate and supportive legal and civil rights (Jakobsen and Ann 18). For example, gay rights activist and other same sex marriage couples have always united under the banner of sexual tolerance. Sociologists have attested that marriage between people of the same sex either in a civil ceremony or religious orientation is described as same sex marriage (Nussbaum). Historically, same sex marriage law was enacted in 2001 in the Netherlands and currently is allowed and accepted in most countries. It has been established that even in those countries that have not such laws are facing pressure with most people supporting the initiatives to legalize such marriage.
Recent changes in the legality of same sex marriage in the United States has seen legalization of same sex marriage with the arguments that states cannot deny same sex couples from marrying one another (Nussbaum). President Obama affirmed that legalization of same sex marriages could strengthen all communities and offer a sense of dignity in families. This milestone has been aimed at ensuring equal dignity in the legal system where each individual has rights that should not be denied with many describing this as a historic moment. Despite the landmark running on same sex marriages in United States, sexual tolerance as an issue has arose in the process. It is opined that ever since such marriages were legalized the attitude of the people towards the lives and choice of those practicing same sex marriages have radically changed.
Moreover, this sexual tolerance has even shifted focus across every religious, political, age groups and regions across United States. This in the process has impacted negatively on the social lives of people with surveys revealing that ramifications of sexual tolerance have been felt in families, churches and community lives. Different countries that have allowed same sex marriages are still experiencing uncertain acceptability of such marriages with many people asserting that homosexual relations should be neither acceptable nor legal though others have also pointed that people practicing same sex marriages too have rights that should be protected.
Currently, there is no doubt of the existence of sexual tolerance as some people have shown hostility to people practicing same sex marriages and in the process has caused much pain to them. According to sociologists, this is highly regrettable and unacceptable as their arguments do not show any support for such marriage arrangement. The opposes have cited various reasons including the assertion that marriage is a covenantal union of man and woman, children thriving well in unions involving a mother and a father and the belief that sexual intimacy is reserved for one man and one woman within the covenant of marriage.
There is need for more advocacies on sexual tolerance to prevent stereotyping and stigma on those who practice same sex marriages however the main challenge is how the social setup can accept same sex marriage and show kindness to those individuals (Hunter). Strategies that can be used to enhance sexual tolerance include demonstrating tolerance in the lifestyle of gays and lesbians, explaining that bullying and despising same sex marriage couples is wrong, sponsoring campaigns on human rights and dignity touching on the victims of same sex marriages and pointing out and talking against unfair treatment of gay and lesbians in the media. These strategies may enlighten the individuals opposing such sexual orientations to the extent of accepting the existence of such marriage structures since gays and lesbians also have rights enshrined in the constitution.
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