Julian McDonald, a liberal congressman from California, intends to propose a law that will abolish marriage as a legal practice. In his book titled The Abolishment of Marriage he proposes that marriage as a legal contract should be all-together abolished, and if couples seek to practice this  traditional custom it should be a non-legal ceremonial, religious based, act.

“Three major family trends imply that marriage has lost its value in society and for today’s culture,” says McDonald in a 2005 CNN interview. These three trends that congressman McDonald reveals are (1) high divorce rates, (2) high rates of cohabitation, and (3) rates of children born out of wedlock. According to McDonald,”high divorce rates demonstrate how little faith couples have in marriage by not seeking lifetime (long-term) commitment to the spouse.” McDonald bashes marriage by saying, “cohabitation is what couples nowadays prefer and its the intelligent way for people to get to know each other, even before opting for marriage.” McDonald continues bashing marriage when making the infamous comment, “since many children are born out-of-wedlock, they are legitimate (by law) bastards, so why marry?”

Instructions: Do you agree with Congressman Julian McDonald or do you disagree? To propose your position it must be defended by one of the four theoretical perspectives; Functionalist Perspective, Conflict Theorist Perspective (which includes Feminist Perspective), Symbolic Interactionist Perspective, or Postmodernist Perspective.

Grading Criteria:

Your position (agree / disagree) must be STRICTLY defended by one of the four theoretical perspectives.
APA Style Format with proper citation.
Clarity of your response.
Format Instructions:

You must use one-inch margins (top, bottom, and both sides). Use 12 mm size font, and use Times New Roman / Arial font style, or any other legible font. The length of this paper must be 3-5 pages (not counting APA Fromat sections – e.g. Abstract Section, Discussion Section, Reference Section, Title Page).

Note: Late papers (after the due date) will carry a penalty deduction.

Rubric
Research Paper (1)
Research Paper (1)
Criteria    Ratings    Pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeAPA Format and Stylistics
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10.0 pts
Completion of all five APA sections
8.0 pts
Completion of four APA sections
6.0 pts
Compltetion of three APA sections
4.0 pts
Completion of two APA sections
2.0 pts
Completion of a single APA section
0.0 pts
Not Completed
10.0 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomePosition of the Sociological Theoretical Perspectives
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10.0 pts
Properly and Clearly stated Position
0.0 pts
Neutrality or unclear stated position
10.0 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeApplication of Theoretical Perspective
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15.0 pts
Proper application of chosen perspective (only one)
10.0 pts
Improper application of the chosen perspective
8.0 pts
Usage of two or more perspective
0.0 pts
Null – no perspective chosen
15.0 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeResearch References
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15.0 pts
Three or more references with matching citations in body of paper
10.0 pts
Only two references with matching citations in body of paper
5.0 pts
Only one reference with matching citation in body of paper
0.0 pts
Null – no references or reference section
15.0 pts
Total Points: 50.0
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