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Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, Now!
Anthony Raphael
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Values and Ethics
HUMN 330
Amanda Schooling
May 01, 2013

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, Now!
Spanish philosopher, George Santayana quoted the phrase, “Those who cannot remember the past, are condemned to repeat it” (Britannica, 2013, p. 1). Never has that phrase meant as much as it does today in the battle for marriage equality. The norm of a given society usually defines acceptable marriage. When the need arises to change that norm, it takes an opinion-changing event to effect the views of society. In early 1967, the Supreme Court ruled in a landmark decision clearing the way for interracial marriage (Loving v. Virginia, 1967). As ground breaking as that decision was, it did very little to diminish the opinions of people who were strongly against interracial marriage. In an era where the struggle for civil rights was an ongoing occurrence, not only did the law against interracial marriage need to be changed, but also the way society viewed it. In an effort to shed light on the underlying whispers of secret societal snubbing of mixed marriages, the movie Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (Columbia Pictures Corporation, 1967) was able to give our nation an opportunity to open a dialog. Today, we find a nation that is on the verge of repeating a similar course of action in the struggle for marriage equality. For the past few years, the fear, prejudice, and hostility against marriage equality for all, regardless of sexual orientation, have made its way into our national discussion. Several states have passed laws legalizing same-sex marriages and the Supreme Court will rule shortly on recent arguments for and against marriage equality, see United States v. Windsor (www.supremecourt.gov, n.d.). In this paper we will look at the movie Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, to...

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