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The social movements of the 1960’s and 1970’s have had an irreversible positive impact on the wellbeing of all citizens in the 21st century United States. It can also be argued that social equity as a subfield of public administration and policy grew out of the 1960’s though there is no definite way of knowing what the framers of the subfield were thinking or how they were influenced by the social movements of the time. Still, it is a reasonable assumption to believe that the framers were at least marginally influenced by the changing times. Therefore, social equity is used as a backdrop for social movements in the paper, which analyzes their importance for a modern day society. Specially, the social movements addressed in the paper include, the civil rights movement, women’s rights movement, the Internet Movement and the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) movement. The paper then turns its attention to the importance of race and the intersection of the same sex marriage debate. The paper asserts that African Americans and the Hispanic communities have been vilified and accused of being an alleged impediment to the progress of same sex marriage, especially regarding Proposition 8 in California. The paper presents evidence to the contrary of this well believed myth. Finally the paper concludes with clear and concise recommendations for addressing the issues mentioned in the paper.


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