Influences on the Legal Interpretation of Social Policy unit 2

Option 2: In May of 2008, marriage between same-sex couples became legal in California. This situation lasted for only a few short months, and then a proposed amendment to the California Constitution (Proposition 8) was passed by the voters in November of the same year. Both proponents and opponents of same-sex marriage acknowledge that this issue will be in and out of the courts for many years, most likely ending with a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court. The battle for and against Proposition 8 was intensely waged by forces on both sides of the issue. These forces are continuing their activities in hopes of influencing future court outcomes by swaying public opinion and media attention in their favor.

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Assignment Guidelines

Write an essay of between 2–3 pages on 1 of these issues (Option 1 or Option 2). You will need to access various types of outside sources to respond thoroughly to the following questions and topics, and include appropriate and properly formatted APA-style citations:

  1. What are the key provisions of law that are at the center of this debate?
  2. Which interest groups and individuals are active on both sides of the debate on this issue, and what specific interests are they attempting to promote?
  3. What is the current legal situation on this issue?
  4. Using research from your text, the AIU Library, supplemental course materials, and Web-based resources for background, what activities have the groups or individuals promoting various positions on this issue engaged in that you think might have influenced legal interpretation?
  5. What do you conclude about how public opinion, actions of interest groups, and media coverage do or do not have the potential of influencing the outcome of court cases on important social policies?

Be sure to reference all sources using APA style.