So as a gay man living in this rather judgemental society it is sometimes difficult to show who you really are. I do agree that gay marriage should be legal all over the world, but for many reasons it’s not. Studies suggest that 1 in 3 of us are gay, thats a lot of homo’s in the world. Here in the UK homosexuals are able to have a civil partnership, which is a legal relationship exclusively for same-sex couples, distinct from marriage. It offers the same legal treatment as marriage across a range of matters, such as inheritance, pensions provision, life assurance, child maintenance, next of kin and immigration rights. Opposite-sex couples can opt for a religious or civil marriage ceremony, whereas a same-sex partnership is an exclusively civil procedure.
It is true, we should as human beings have the right be married in a church and have the same ceremony as any straight couple to declare our love to the one we plan to spend the rest of our life with, but the Church does not want us. If we were that upset about the issue then we would be taking the streets and rioting about it. I for one won’t need the Church’s blessing over who I plan to spend the rest of my life with, just my family’s and his would suffice. For me, I have to ask the question, what’s all the fuss about?
My housemate and I were discussing this the other night and she asked me what I thought about gay marriage. She had read an article about gay men not caring about it, and the fact that many straight men and women are more passionate about gay marriage and fighting for equality than the gays, who are in fact the ones who are being effected by the law. I don’t speak for the entire gay community, that would be absurd. I’m sure there are many homosexuals who actively disagree and are campaigning for us to have the equal right to marry, but I would be lying if I said I was one of them.
I plan to be writing an article for Br!o magazine in the near future about this issue, let me know what you think. It’s an interesting topic to focus on and one I’m sure that will spark many different opinions.