Rockwell through pictorial graphics presented a representation of what may be regarded as an ideal family. The graphics portray a nuclear family that has a father, a mother, and children, all strongly bonded in love. In addition, Rockwell presents the nuclear family as being part of a larger setting, which is interconnected in strong bonds that portray a sense of togetherness and compactness in the society. This ideal family as Rockwell demonstrates has been the socially accepted family setting in the society, and is viewed as the only norm in many societies. Deviating from such a family setting has been responsible for the massive increase in single parenthood and gays and lesbians; since some in the society view founding a family as an individual’s choice where the society has no voice. However, this perceived ‘right’ has been responsible for hatred and alienations among many families and victimization by the society. This explains the sudden change of a family’s attitude towards one victim as Sullivan elaborates.
Sullivan elaborates that the ruling by the Californian court that, “ an individual citizen is defined as an individual even before their sexual orientation,” explains that sexuality cannot be used as a reason to segregate individuals; those with different sexual orientations in the society have to be treated like other members of the same society. Therefore, according to the ruling, the Californian court did not establish new rights, but only acknowledged “an emergent cultural consent” (Sullivan, 104).