For years citizens fought for equal rights-equal rights for both men and women. So why do those equal rights only apply to heterosexual men and women? For example, marriage. Heterosexuals can marry with no problems, but when a homosexual couple wants to marry the law says no— at least in most countries. Arguments about biology, societal views, and religious teachings stand in the way.
It is true that laws, still under debate, allowing gay marriage have been passed in Canada, thoughmuch of world has not caught up with this country. Canada is a "free country," so I don't understand why there is still even a debate about a law that expresses people's fundamental freedoms. Canadian citizens don't make a big fuss over most other laws. Would we want our rights taken away like we are still considering doing to homosexuals?
America, another "free country," won't even budge on its decision not to legalize gay marriage, in spite of the last line of their well-loved Pledge of Allegiance - "With liberty and Justice for all." So why all the controversy?
From both the biological and religious stand points it can be seen why homosexuality is an issue. In society, as growing and developing human beings, we are taught that a man has a penis and woman has a vagina and that they are supposed to fit together, when you are of age. We are taught about the reproductive systems and how the sperm has to meet the egg in order to make babies. It is biologically impossible to do that when one is involved homosexually.
In the perspective of religion, many believe the act of sex is only to be committed with the intent to reproduce, as long as the couple is married. Many also believe homosexuality is wrong and therefore don't deserve the right to marry — thus gays having sex would be wrong.
According to the Jewish beliefs, gay sex is an "abomination," to the majority of Christians, is it seen as a sin and immoral, and to the Sikhs, as "unnatural and ungodly."
However, there are religions and denominations of religions that believe the opposite. For example, the socially progressive Zoroastrians accept homosexuality, and the religion Wicca believes all sexual orientations are healthy and positive, as long as all individual sexual relationships are healthy and loving.
Another religion accepting of homosexuality are the multiple sects of Buddhism, one of the very first religions developed. They are often relatively gay-friendly.
"Many sects of Buddhism celebrate gay relationships freely and would like to have the authority to make them legal marriages," quotes Scott Bidstrup, from an essay he wrote as a gay freelance writer.
And why don't any of these religions have the authority to make gay marriage legal? They should, if the government and societywant to deny gay marriage laws based on religious teachings, biology, or popular belief. How about looking at the many famous philosophers. As a society, we were taught that they are our "life teachers" such as, Socrates, Michel Foucault, Simone de Beauvoir and Ludwig Wittgenstein, but they were all gay and people accepted them, so why do we have a problem with homosexuality now? If we respect these great knowledgeable people who know so much, how can we be against who they are? How could they have gotten it wrong? Maybe we are just ignorant. On the other side of reality, it's the mainstream scientific facts, religious beliefs, and law that rule and not the minorities that would favor gay marriage.
It's pathetic how society treats minorities, just because they have different views and ways of living then the majority.
According to the essay by Bidstrup, "The stereotype of homosexuality is that they are unable to form lasting relationships, and the relationships they do form are shallow and uncommitted." The same can be said for young people that are heterosexual and involved in a relationship. As people mature, heterosexual or homosexual, so do their relationships. They learn how to develop committed and long lasting partnerships.
It is often said "you can't help who you love." If this can be applied to a heterosexual couple, then why can't it be applied to a homosexual couple? Instead of looking at homosexuals and condemning them for their sexual preference, ask yourself why they should be denied the right to be in love and get married? Instead society wants to force them to be unhappy just because the picture of their dream mate is not of the opposite sex. "You love who you love" and that's the end of it.
Governments, society and religion need to realize that the two realms, heterosexual and homosexual, belong to one race: the human race, who all deserve the right to love, be loved, and to show that love to the world by marriage.
© Natasha Fall, 2007