In 2001 the Netherlands became the first country to permit same-sex marriage. Since then a lot of countries (Spain, Belgium, South Africa, Norway, Canada, Portugal, Sweden, Argentina, Brazil, Denmark, New Zealand, Urugay, the United Kingdom, the United States, Luxembourg, Ireland and Colombia) followed that example and legally recognised same-sex marriage.
However, I think that denying access to same-sex marriage harms and discriminates those, who then only enter into a civil union, because they won´t have equal access to all benefits, privileges and rights provided by law to married couples.
So why would anyone disagree to legalising it?
- First of all because being gay goes against lots of religions. But if homosexuals can´t get married because it goes against your religion, then you can´t have cookies, because I´m on a diet! So that doesn´t make a lot of sense to me, does it?
- Secondly gay marriage will encourage people to be gay in the same way that hanging around tall people will make you tall: not at all! It may only encourage people to come out, but why would that be a problem?
- Ultimately people say, straight marriage will be less meaningful if gay marriage was allowed. Oh, you are right, the sanctity of Britney Spears´wedding (divorced 55h later) will totally be destroyed!!!
Marriage has been around a long time and changed a lot since then: blacks can marry whites and divorce is legal. So maybe we have to move on again and legalise same-sex marriage (in all countries). Let people marry who they love, because marriage is about love not gender.
Homosexuality exists in 1,500 species. Homophobia is only found in one. Which seems unnatural now?