Congratulations to the gay community of California! It now becomes the 13th state, and the largest, to allow same-sex marriage 🙂
Still, some *cough* assh_les *cough* are voicing out their frustration. I’m all for giving your opinion, as long as you do not harm anyone.
“This outrage tops off a chronic pattern of lawlessness, throughout this case, by judges and politicians hell-bent on thwarting the vote of the people to redefine marriage by any means, even outright corruption,” said Andy Pugno, general counsel for the ProtectMarriage.com Coalition.
But he did not, however, actively threaten to fight on.
“It remains to be seen whether the fight can go on, but either way, it’s a disgraceful day for California,” he said.
But well, criticisms will never end. If we spent all of our time listening to them, we wouldn’t have time to rejoice 😉
Nevertheless, I think that people nowadays, even if they are more ‘open minded’ they still have a sort of misconception about Homosexuality.
According to Wikipedia, Homosexuality is “romantic attraction, sexual attraction or sexual behavior between members of the same sex or gender.”
In the Bible, homosexuality is “an abomination”, “a detestable act” and those who are ‘guilty’ of it “shall surely be put to death.”
Let us take a moment to think about the absurdity of this definition
Okay, so let’s start.
Homosexuality is the concern of no one else but those who actually are together. One’s sexual orientation is private. Just like the porn you hide under your bed, or in your internet history. Banning it is taking away people’s choice to be with the person they love. We should be free of choosing whoever we want to be with and to have a family with. It is revolting when we think about it. I mean, two people who love each other should not have to justify why they want to be together, why they are who they are. Adolescents feel that need constantly, and it is annoying enough.
If close-minded people encourage people of the same ethnicity, religion, class and colour to marry why should they be against those with the same sexual identity? I know, the answer is ‘obvious’, ‘it is not natural, it goes against all the norms and values set by society’. However, love should not be a legal concern whenever religion, ethnicity, sex or class is concerned. You can’t choose who you love. And others should not choose it for us either. It just…happens. And making them feel like it is wrong? Bullsh_t. You just cannot accept change. Change is good when countless of children are being neglected or abandoned by straight, poor, underage or irresponsible parents and want to be adopted. Change is good when the rates of divorce have had a 41.3% increase over the years because of unhappiness in marriages. Change is good when gay people have had enough of constant persecution from homophobes but still fight for their rights every freaking year. Change is good when Gay, lesbian and bisexual teens are five times more likely to commit suicide than their heterosexual counterparts.
The Stonewall 2012 Survey discovered that 3% of gay men and 5% of bisexual men had attempted to take their own life, compared to only 0.4% of men in general. In the 16- to 24-year-old age group, 6% of gay and bisexual men had attempted to take their own life compared to less than 1% of men in general. In May 2013, the death of Mark Fear highlighted the need for further research into suicide among later age groups in the gay community. It is already well documented that the suicide rate for men generally increases with age.
This is why it is essential to stop this injustice.
Years ago, racism was accepted by the majority because they didn’t know. They didn’t know that black people are no less intelligent that white ones. They didn’t know that love between a black and a white person is perfectly normal. They were ignorant; just like they are now. They thought black people weren’t normal human beings just as now when they think of homosexuals. Women’s rights are the same. They just wanted to fight for their rights and they made a change.
In fact, they are stronger since they know what persecution tastes like. Let us fight for it to stop.
Side note: Homosexuality is not a new phenomena, it has been going on for as long as humanity existed. Shakespeare had love affairs with men. Even better, Oscar Wilde was a homosexual. He is one of the most popular examples of persecuted homosexuals of the Victorian Era.
Homosexuality isn’t just about sex between two people. It is about love. Religions preach love too, but they are ironically the fiercest opponents of homosexuality. 84% of people who attend church regularly and 81% of self-identified Evangelicals support the Proposition 8 (the law against same-sex marriage)
Religions are against it because they know that if people support it, they won’t have any control on them. Actually, how can be base ourselves on the Bible when it has been modified several times? We can’t. One mistranslated word can lead to a completely different meaning. And sadly, homophobes relish using it as a means to fight off those who do not want to Conform to the ‘rules’ that only serve the Elite.
Unfortunately in Mauritius, homosexuality isn’t really accepted. This is because here, the population is made mostly of people of asian origin: Indians and Chinese. Then you’ve got the Africans and the Europeans. Asian tradition focuses on marriage between a man and a woman. Religion and traditional culture dominate our way of life [although it is changing with the new generations]. However, young people are still very close to their family and they feel the pressure of having to fulfill their expectations. Being gay is only going to bring shame upon their family name. There was this case in 2006 I think, where a girl was imprisoned in her own house by her parents because she wanted to be with another girl. Everyone in the family participated in tying her up on a chair and spend days brainwashing her into becoming heterosexual again. This is how it was. Institutionalized and internalized homophobia is a horrible phenomena.
Now there are organizations such as the ‘Collectif Arc-en-ciel’ group which fights for LGBT rights and organizes Gay Pride parades every year. Sadly, I do not see any chances for the Mauritian government to legalize same-sex marriage in the future 5-10 years.
The persecution has to end.
What can we do?
We must fight this epidemic through reaching out, understanding, empathizing and supporting people. We must do more to retain interest; instead of people coming and joining in once or twice then disconnecting, we must help them to integrate and take part, becoming long term members of and contributors to our community and organizations. We may need to follow up non-attendance. Where people are striving to reach their goals we must take an interest, mentor and encourage. We have already lost too many gay and lesbian people to suicide and we must resolve to do more to fight this scourge.
Let me be straight about gays, they just happen to be different. If you do not agree, don’t get all hysterical about it. Come, let’s take a cup of tea while discussing the reasons why you’re wrong 🙂
Here’s a song that may change your mind:
Same Love – Macklemore