What do Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Sweden and England, now have in common?
They have all demanded and legalised the right to same-sex marriages. In other words, homosexuals have FINALLY been recognised and acknowledged as equal citizens.
Abiding by the fact that we are living in a developing society; the expansion of technology and traditional values are forever being challenged as opposited… However, it seemed inevitable that we should sweep our criticisms of same-sex marriages and accept society for what it really is. There has been public debate as to whether or not this bill denies religious values, yet in my opinion, it seems that before the bill was passed, homosexuals were denied their religious values. Why shouldn’t they be able to marry whomever they wish? If love is a true emotion, and marriage is an extension of this emotion, then why should individuals be discriminated against self-expression purely for the sake of their sexuality?
Although the bill has been passed, priests still have the right to decide whether or not they want to marry couples. This allows for freedom of expression, which I very much agree with. We are lucky to live in a functioning democratic society in which choice IS available… Therefore, its fine if some people object to the bill, but its important for it to be in place as it provides people with the opportunity.
Most importantly, we live and should continue to live in a society of equality, and live without discrimination. Marriage is about love, not restriction.
I understand that previously civil partnerships were allowed, however marriage has many more legal benefits, entitling partners to share their lives and possessions with their loved one. The bill allows same-sex couples to convert a civil partnership to a marriage and enables married transsexuals to gain legal recognition in their acquired gender without having to end their marriages.
So how will this bill affect the community? We are living in a society where attitudes towards so called ‘gay’ people have and are continuously changing. Being homosexual is normal and accepted within our society. Therefore to officially recognise this transition of attitudes, it seems only natural that we subvert and update tradition. How important and useful is tradition anyway? Surely by changing tradition, that in itself is more reflective of society?
Some MPs even stayed neutral throughout the voting of the bill, perhaps because of fear of association, and fear of how they would be treated by the public depending on the response of the bill. Should this bill affect the community? The bill only treats homosexuals as equal citizens, which it should do.
“The depth of feeling, love and commitment between same-sex couples is no different from that depth of feeling between opposite-sex couples,” said Equalities Minister Maria Miller in introducing the measure. “The Bill enables society to recognize that commitment in the same way, too, through marriage. Parliament should value people equally in the law, and enabling same-sex couples to marry removes the current differentiation and distinction.”
The letter, signed by Chancellor George Osborne, Foreign Secretary William Hague and Home Secretary Theresa May, said that passing the bill is “the right thing to do at the right time.”
Full story here: http://www.queerty.com/uk-parliament-votes-approval-of-gay-marriage-20130205/#ixzz2K44hpdLC
Read more at http://www.queerty.com/uk-parliament-votes-approval-of-gay-marriage-20130205/#8fdue01JW3uVO4TO.99
Full list of countries where same-sex marriage is legal http://www.freedomtomarry.org/pages/international-progress-toward-the-freedom-to-marry
Continued debates over the possibility of adoption for same-sex couples….
Could America be next? Obama supports the legalization of same-sex marriage… already 9 states & the District of Colombia have legalised same-sex marriages.. Here’s hoping!
According to a report released in May 2011 by the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association, same-sex relations are still criminalized in 76 countries, and in five of those countries, the death penalty can be applied. For example, check out this website and documentary ‘The world’s worst place to be gay’ : very revealing of some society’s treatment of homosexuals.