Where Is Gay Marriage Legal?

Whenever this subject comes up for discussion, varieties of opinions surface, and many seem ignorant about the topic. The argument echoes loudly that, while the world and communities at large are fighting for equal rights on everything, what then is the objection against same-sex pairs getting married. Since many renowned people are in favor same-sex marriage, the movement is gaining momentum.

While the UK accepts a civil partnership of same-sex, it does consider as illegal, same-sex marriage. Despite the fact that Bill Gates the Microsoft’s founder is not a homosexual, he supported the gay rights by giving a handsome donation of $100,000. This will most probably have a profound and positive effect on the matter of accepting same-sex marriages, on so many who are sitting on the fence on this matter and bring some change to their way of thinking.

Freedom to marry anyone of any sex, many argue, is a fundamental right of all human beings. Since diversity and equality enjoy great value, the same principle must find application everywhere, and all the people must enjoy equal importance. Tree fundamental human rights favor this. The first is the freedom to love, which justifies the concept that everyone can love anyone he or she desires. The second is, the liberty to express his or her sexual preferences, which affirms that if a person wishes to love anybody of same- sex, it is his/her right.

The third is the choice to articulate oneself. Therefore, you can summarize the total of these human rights expressions to mean that anyone can express their love for anybody, irrespective of whether it is a woman or a man.” The best way in expressing ones love for another is getting married. The sacred institution of Marriage has existed since centuries and development in society has to come with evolution in law.

Same sex Marriage in US

Same sex Marriage in US

Other Countries like Netherlands, Canada, Spain, and the like, have legislated into same-sex marriage into law and they enjoy the same level of economic development as any other country. When different countries legalize marriage of the same-sex, it means that their societies have undergone radical changes in their outlook. Tradition and religion are the main factors that hold back legalizing marriage of the Same-sex. This is the same state of affairs in the UK, where protestant and Catholic traditions have criticized this kind of marriage. The general impression is that all countries must take a cue from the progressive societies of other developed nations to forge ahead with the necessary legislation to accept same-sex marriages.

A case in example is South Africa where, people, although deeply religious have taken the bold step of legalizing equality in marriages of the same sex, because a clear majority of the people in that country believe that they must treat every person with equal rights with a sense of equality. In the year 2004, the UK brought into effect a law on civil partnership, which the majority accepted. As soon as this law came into force, the famous singer Elton John went into civil partnership with his partner David Furnish. If the government can recognize couples of the same-sex in a civil partnership, why cannot they legalize same-sex marriage? In other words, the governments understand that times are moving ahead, but are hesitant to violate the religious customs and traditions that are fast going out of fashion. Equal rights will never prevail until the government legalizes same-sex marriages.

Lesbian Marriage

Lesbian Marriage

In the US, the fight for acceptance of same-sex marriages is fast gaining ground, with twelve states already having legalized it as of May 2013. They are Maryland, Maine, Washington, Rhode Island, Delaware, California (conditionally), Hawaii, Minnesota, Connecticut, Iowa, Maryland, New Hampshire. Vermont, New York, Massachusetts (pending last Supreme Court verdict) have also legalized same-sex marriage.

The District of Columbia has followed suit along with the three Native American Tribes that include, Washington’s Suquamish Tribe (from 2011), Oregon’s Coquille Tribe (since 2008) and Michigan’s Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians (since 2013). Many consider discouraging same-sex marriage as a fundamental prejudice shown to people and say it purports to withdrawing human rights. Racism laws and sexism laws came into being to end the existing discrimination but they chose to ignore the law about same-sex marriage. Legalizing it will give everyone the freedom to move, as he/she likes without fear of restrictions of ostracism.