A Hope for the Young LGBTQ—Marriage Equality for All
Marriage equality is the recognition of gay marriage in a country or state. It can refer to a civil ceremony or a religious ceremony.
With Taiwan leading the way for gay marriage in Asia, marriage equality in all countries is starting to become a reality. Although there is still a lot to be done.
Many countries even still strongly oppose even the idea of same-sex relationships, gay public display of affection, and gay sex.
Some countries even have strict sanctions towards gay acts such as imprisonment and beating. The death penalty is also a possibility for some countries such as Iran, Somalia, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, and Qatar.
For so many years, gays have been advocating for marriage equality. The granting of such a right in a country or state has a huge impact on the acceptance of gays not just in the community-level, but also nationwide, and even globally.
The Constitutional Right of Equality For All
When it comes to marriage equality, it is not about gay people, but a country’s commitment to being true to its constitutional rights.
A constitution always stands by non-discrimination. This includes marriage and is not limited to heterosexual marriage.
It is only right to follow the laws of the land. And the law states that everyone should enjoy equal rights.
The Case for Love and Legal Rights
The reason why homosexuals want to get married are for the very same reasons heterosexuals want to marry. Homosexuals want to have a ceremony to celebrate their love for each other and a commitment that holds promise to a life lived with another person.
Gay couples get denied so many rights when they are not legally bound to their partners. Some of the few are hospital visits, child custody, adoption rights, power to make medical decisions for their spouse, inheritance, and the right to sue for wrongful death of their partner.
Other rights that are denied from non-married gay couples are divorce protection, support from their children or spouse, insurance benefits, exemption from property tax after a spouse’s death, family violence protections, and immunity from being forced to testify against their spouse.
A Happy Ending To Hope For
It is a common community story to have at least one or two gay guys in your community who live with their parents and are afraid of going outside in fear of being rejected and bullied. On top of that they are diagnosed as mentally ill and some are even taking medications. Most of the time, their parents just tolerate them, but do not accept them, or worse they get thrown out of the house and left to fend for their own. That’s when they become exposed to a life of crime, drug addiction, prostitution, and sexually transmitted diseases.
The plight of the gay family member is often grim. Some families are constantly on edge that their children would turn gay too. This is part of the reason why gays choose to live in isolation with a bleak hope of the future. It comes to a point when gays would question their very existence.
Where does gay marriage play in all of this? For one, it gives gays a hope for a happy ending. Western media has constantly been perpetuating the happy ending as a big wedding. Gays who live in countries with no gay marriage are deprived of this dream, and often spend their whole life alone.
In some countries, gay marriage is simply a joke. A ridiculous fantasy that is out of reach. Gays go about their lives from one relationship to another without hope of ever settling down. Then they contract a sexually transmitted disease and die a tragic ending. The establishment of same-sex marriage could serve as a light of hope for gays, especially the younger generation.
In the absence of gay marriage in some countries, some gays travel abroad in search of a happy ending, but when they reach customs, they are halted. Their intentions are laid bare, and they are refused to live their dreams which leads to an unfulfilled life and even suicide.
Gays face constant discrimination in society. Wherever they go their capability to love is being questioned simply because of their sexual orientation.
The gays who do get married face their own issues as well. Family members ostracize them, neighbors curse them, and religious organizations loathe them.
Acceptance plays a big factor in suicide rates and gay marriage is a gigantic leap towards a more global scale of homosexual relations.
Same-sex marriage laws helped reduce suicide attempts by LGBTQ teens
Thanks to the legalization of gay marriage in the US, LGBTQ teens began to hope for something more than just a life of hopping from one sexual relationship to the next.
Schools saw an immediate decline in suicide attempts by LGBTQ—a group that is especially prone to committing suicide.
Beyond the dream of one day marrying, the upholding of gay marriage makes LGBTQ teens come to terms with their sexuality. It softened the stigma that encourages gays to commit suicide.
Legalizing gay marriage will create a culture that finally accepts and respects gays. How gays live their lives will no longer be seen as different, but part of and even essential to society.
Same-sex marriages decrease divorce rates
A study shows that more than half of the population in America get divorced. The legalization of gay marriage will decrease the likelihood of couples divorcing because of incompatibility and/or infertility.
With half of America divorcing each year, the legalization of gay marriage can do wonders for the institution of marriage.