Political Divide in North America and Europe By kate, abby, james, and luke

Gay Rights Movements in the United States

  • In the United States, many people were opposed to same sex marriage, and many people also wanted same sex marriage
  • On June 26, 2015 the US Supreme Court made gay marriage legal in all 50 states of the United States
  • This was a major turning point for the United States, as the country had been divided about gay marriage
  • Before the law was passed, 14 states had banned same sex marriages
  • The new law meant that those states could not enforce the bans they had, and that they must allow same sex marriages
  • The enforcement of this law did not necessarily mean that the country was united because severaly people were still against it, but President Obama said, "When all Americans are treated as equal, we are all more free "

The People Versus the Police

Trayvon Martin 2012- The death of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman who was a neighborhood watch volunteer. Zimmerman was in his SUV when he reported a “suspicious person”. He was instructed to not get out of his car, which he disregarded. Moments later he shot Trayvon in the head in “self defense”.

Ferguson, Missouri 2014- Michael Brown was an unarmed black teenager, who was shot and killed on August 9, 2014, by Darren Wilson, a white police officer, in Ferguson, Missouri. The shooting prompted protests that lasted in the area for weeks.

Baltimore, Maryland 2015 - Riots broke out the day of Freddie Gray’s funeral, who was a young black man killed by police. The police arrested Freddie for carrying a knife, which was a legal knife, and then treated him very roughly and ignored his multiple requests for medical attention. Freddie was put into a van head first with no seatbelt where he was thrown around but his hands were restrained so he had no way to protect himself. Injuries from the police, including a very severe spine injury, due to improper treatment and abusement were the cause of his death.

Republicans versus Democrats in the United states

  • The study in 2014 showed that 92% of republicans are to the right of the median democrat, meaning they are quite a bit more conservative than they have been in the past. 94% of democrats are to the left of the median republican meaning that democrats are collectively more liberal than they have been in the past.
  • The reason for most of this heavy divide is that members of opposite parties believe that the others ideas and values are so wrong and misguided that “they threaten the nation’s stability” (Pew research center)
  • Republicans are becoming consistently more conservative while democrats are becoming constantly more liberal.
  • Ideological thinking is much more aligned with partisanship now than ever before. Since this has happened, republican and democratic overlap has greatly gone down.
  • Republicans are becoming consistently more conservative while democrats are becoming constantly more liberal.

Political Divide in europe

Gay Rights in Europe

KEY: Blue= Marriage equality Pink=Registered Union Tan=Registered Union with Limited Rights
  • In Central Europe, most countries do not recognize gay marriage
  • Most countries that are resisting the change are sticking to the Roman Catholic Church Faith and its customs
  • In 1989 Russia left the Soviet Union which caused a lot of controversy
  • After Russia left the Soviet union, Russia took up the seat of the former Soviet Union on the United Nations Security Council, and retained control of its nuclear arsenal


Created with images by eflon - "Cracks" • Charles de Jesus - "riot police" • MonoRenal - "police protest shields"

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