Unreasonable standards for non-normative groups- Serra & Jefferson

Gay argues that how non-normative marriages are held to different, and higher standards than normative marriages even though they shouldn’t be. For examples, Gay uses the examples of Zach Walhs who had to extensively prove that his two mothers were apt parents in court. Parenthood should be defined more broadly than a man and a woman. A parent should be defined by their actions rather than their specific sexual orientation. Often, gay parents are forced to prove their parenting abilities in order to be recognized as “normal” parents whereas the stereotypical parents of a mother and a father would not have to go to such lengths to do so. Gay uses this court case to highlight societies tighly held preconceived notions about what parenting is “suppose” to look like. Currently, people who are subject to this treatment are the ones speaking out about it, but that responsibility shouldn’t be completely on their shoulders. Instead everyone should broaden their definitions of what relationships look like to lighten that burden on the LGBTQ community. 

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  1. I like this paragraph because it states very clearly the point you are trying to explain. I think that one thing that could be clearer is at the end of the paragraph when you talk about how this responsibility shouldn’t only be on their shoulders. It seems like a very brief mentioning of the main point, and it could just be elaborated on a little more.

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