The Law and Public Policy


The Law and Public Policy

Gay marriage is one of the contemporary issues that have sparked controversy and has generated much debate at the community and national level in the United States. In 2015, The Supreme Court in the US ruled that states were required to issue marriage licenses to gays and recognize those marriages. This ruling paved way for the legal recognition of gay and lesbian marriages in the state. The decision by the court heightened local and national debate.

Laws and policies surrounding gay marriages are influenced by social, cultural, environmental, and political factors. The purpose of policy making is to improve the rights of the citizens and improve their livelihoods but not to oppress them or force issues to them and hence, laws have significant impacts on citizens. This argument can be based on the controversy and debate surrounding same- sex marriages in the United States. The opponents of same- sex marriage rights cite social and cultural issues by arguing that the practice is not socially and culturally accepted because the society and culture uphold heterosexual marriages (Jost, 2013). The main argument is centred on the purpose and value of marriage which is reproduction and since gay marriages cannot result in biological reproduction they should not be legalized. On the other hand, proponents of same- sex marriages centred their argument on political and environmental factors. Politically, every individual should have right to behave in their own ways provided that their behaviours do not go against the laws set. The opponents relied on the belief that marriage is a civil rather than a religious right. Therefore, the passing of the law allowing gay marriages in the Massachusetts State impacted the daily lives of citizens socially, culturally, economically, and politically. Socially and culturally the law changed the value of marriage as an institution for raising children to a civil right. Economically, the law maintained the value of marriage as an institution for helping each other economically and satisfying sexual needs.



The Law and Public Policy
Subject Area
Public Relations
Additional Instructions?
week 5.

At every level of government, laws are passed in order to implement a public policy. In fact, almost every law in the country enforces some public policy or provides for some kind of public service. From requiring immunizations and setting speed limits to limiting sales of firearms and restricting the sale of drugs and alcohol, laws are intended to serve the greater good by promulgating and/or implementing public policies. In this Assignment, you analyze specific implications of public policy on laws/regulations. The Law and Public Policy.

For this Assignment, review the Learning Resources. Here is an additional reference for researching issues:

Reflect on a contemporary issue that has sparked controversy or generated much debate in your community or at a national level. Historical examples include gay marriage, gun control, tobacco regulation, and healthcare coverage.

Here are Great references for researching issues and developing inspiration:

Consider what social, cultural, political, environmental, and economic factors influence any laws or policies surrounding those three issues. Think about the purpose and process of policymaking and the impact of laws on the daily lives of citizens.

For the Discussion:

Select one issue
Describe the stakeholders involved.
Describe the laws and bills related to the issue that have already been introduced.
Explain any controversy or debate surrounding the issue.
Explain the barriers that might exist in implementing new policy related to the issue.
Explain how various factors (social, cultural, political, environmental, and economic) influence the formulation of the policy or law.
IMPORTANT: This is a scholarly discussion, so you must use supporting evidence for all opinions.

Support your Discussion with specific references to all resources used in its preparation. Use correct APA formatting for all resources

With these thoughts in mind:

Post a brief description of the accountability issue in the example you selected. Explain the challenges associated with the increasing emphasis on accountability in public administration as it relates to the example you selected.

validate using an example with your own experience or sharing an insight from your posting.

Support your postings with specific references to all resources used in its preparation. Use correct APA formatting for all resources.

Shafritz, J. M., Russell, E. W., Borick, C. P., & Wyde, A. C. (2017). Introducing public administration (9th. ed.). New York, NY: Routledge.

Review Chapter 2, “The Political and Cultural Environment of Public Policy and Its Administration”
Cooper, M. H. (2004). Tobacco industry: Do ads and new products still target teen smokers?. CQ Researcher, 14(43), 1025−1048.
Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.

Jost, K. (2013). Gay marriage: Will the Supreme Court end curbs on same-sex unions? CQ Researcher, 23(11), 257−280.
Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.

Lynn, L. E. (2009). Restoring the rule of law to public administration: What Frank Goodnow got right and Leonard White didn’t. Public Administration Review, 69(5), 803−813.
Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.

Mantel, B. (2013). Gun control: Should lawmakers tighten firearm restrictions? CQ Researcher, 23(10), 233−256.
Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.
The Library of Congress. (n.d.). THOMAS. Retrieved from