Just a few thoughts, because I have rehearsed the arguments a lot of times in the past blogs, on gay discrimination.
In the Ukraine plans to ‘ban homosexuality’ have been dropped by Parliament, obviously through international pressure and the possibility of being refused admission to the European Union – well done all those made it obvious that this would not be tolerated in the EU, from any country. The other big problem is the Ukraine’s eastern neighbour, Russia, the boot is firmly on the other foot – we need their natural resources, so protest has to be different. As Russia starts trampling on those who protest – see blogs about Pussy Riot as an example – and now seeks to re-criminalise homosexuality we have to start on a campaign of awareness.
Whilst highlighting State homophobia in former Soviet countries, it is more disturbing to report that Texas- a State that does not sanction Gay Marriage – has arrested a couple who registered a gay couple who registered to be married, it is a shame that a nation allegedly based on freedom, tolerance, and equality is busily discriminating against its gay citizens, and what more arresting them, for a fundamental human right.
In the case of the USA I can say with utmost confidence that marriage is a human because in 1967 the Supreme Court made this landmark ruling in the case of Loving v Virginia.
Marriage is one of the ‘basic civil rights of man’, fundamental to our very existence and survival. Under our Constitution, the freedom to marry, or not marry, a person of another race resides with the individual and cannot be infringed by the State
The argument specifically cites ‘interracial marriage’ but the point has been proved that ‘ the right to marry resides with the individual’ and I cannot see any difference whether the people who decide to marry are of either combination of sexes, it is not for the State to interfere, it is a personal choice.
The situation is the US of A is patchy, with some States giving Gay couples the right to marry, others like Texas denying same-sex couples that right – human rights are universal and should be universal in their application.
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