K.S. Rajan (15 Aug 2011)
"Days of Noah are here"

Yes, I am Gay! Why should I not marry?
Being gay is not abnormal anymore and it never was! Liking a person of the same sex is legal in most parts of the world. But... marrying isn't. Ironical but true, most of the countries in the world have accepted and legalised same sex relationships, yet such marriages are illegal in some countries. It has been legalised only in a limited part of the globe.

Countries which have legalised same sex marriages are Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Iceland, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, South Africa, and Sweden. It is also performed and recognised in Mexico City and parts of the United States. In 2001, the Netherlands became the first nation in the world to grant same-sex marriages.

In the rest of the world it is either still illegal or has been legalised to be in a relationship but not marry.

Clearly, the world is very different towards these people who chose to accept their sexual orientation. The traditional/orthodox society usually grants marriage as the ultimate relationship which makes your life complete. However, when it comes to LGBT, the same society wants them not to marry. If this is not hypocrisy, then what is. We are ready to accept their existence, their relationship...but are not ready for them to marry according to their own wishes.

While a few societies have recognised same-sex unions as marriages, there is still a large range of attitudes towards same-sex unions ranging from praise, to sympathetic toleration, to indifference, to prohibition.

The opponents of same-sex marriages have argued that recognition of such marriages would erode religious freedoms, and that same-sex marriage, while doing good for the couples that participate in them and the children they are raising, undermines the right of children to be raised by their biological mother and father.

Meanwhile, the supporters take the view that the government should have no role in regulating personal relationships. If a government grants individual liberty and privacy, it should respect that right.

Even three years after Amsterdam's mayor officiated the Netherlands' first gay wedding, the gay marriage rate is falling worldwide. One of the prime reasons is its illegal status in many countries, another being the taboo attached to it.

In a world where even the UN clarifies that being Homosexual is not a disease, it's important that we let them live their life as per their wishes. Who are we to intrude into a personal aspect of anyone's life, and decide what is wrong or right? It's not enough to just accept somebody's existence and boast about our broadmindedness. We need to really open our minds, give people their rights, whether gay, lesbian or straight and let everyone lead their lives on their own terms.