(LGBT rights) Let me walk you through the “life” of a homosexual. A life that is so dark that you prefer hiding under the covers than coming out in the open, so befuddling that you begin to question your own credibility, so obscure that living it no more seems to be an option and after a lot of struggle when you feel you are at peace with yourself comes the day when it is time to address the elephant in the room, time to tell the world you are gay. If explaining it to yourself was not easy, then explaining it to the world is going to be a difficulty beyond human comprehension. But now you are certain that the field is all clear and that is exactly when the society loosens its reins and discrimination and social ostracism are ready to tear apart whatever is left of you. This is how the reality reveals itself to you.
Mr. XYZ: I am gay.
Ex-Health Minister: This is unnatural. It’s probably a disease. You just need vaccination.
Baba Ramdev: No worries at all. I can help you out. Yoga is the answer to all your problems. (Indian)
Indian Society: Being straight gives me the right to humiliate you on every possible occasion. So, here I am, mocking you for who you are.
Iran: Oh! You are gay. That’s fine. You are hereby sentenced to death. That’s what we call a solution.
These statements might seem funny & absurd to you but this is nothing but our sad reality. An appropriate reflection of global as well as domestic take on homosexuality and LGBT rights.
“I think same-gender couples should be able to get married. Ask your friends and other social influences to show their support for LGBT rights“. These words by Ex U.S. President Mr. Barack Obama back then in 2012 probably marked the first silver lining in this on-going battle of the queers. Marriage equality is the future we are soon going to embrace and the facts listed below give more power to my argument.
- In December of 2000, Netherlands became the first country to permit same-sex couples to marry, divorce and adopt children.
- 21 countries including The United States, Canada, France and New Zealand now support same-sex marriages.
- Support for same-sex marriage has risen from 37% in 2009 to 57% in May 2015.
- Approximately 2 million LGBT people are interested in adopting.
- An estimated 65,000 adopted children are living with same sex/gay parents.
- Gay and Lesbian adoptive parents represent 1 in 6 single parents raising children.
- In the United States around 16,000 same-sex couples are raising more than 22,000 adopted children.
Just like the facts listed above, 5 reasons listed below explain how the argument over LGBT rights has become a misleading façade.
1. EQUALITY: A democratic right or A constitutional joke?
Civilized societies do not discriminate on grounds of race, creed, gender or sexuality, yet the denial of equal rights to gay couples is clear discrimination. The so called guardian of democracy ,the Supreme court,harbours archaic prejudices by giving a new life to Article 377 in the most undemocratic manner ever give a new meaning to equality altogether. Gay and heterosexual couples deserve the same legal rights to marry/adopt. Anything less is nothing but a complete denial of what we call “equality for all”. And still a favourable working environment and basic civil rights for queers continue to remain dreams unfulfilled.
2. Families for kids
There is a couple that wants to feel the joy of having a kid and there is a kid that closes eyes every night dreaming of a family. And then there is a society that feels this combination is unnatural and won’t do any good to anyone. Gay couples do not rob heterosexual couples of their kids. They provide love and homes to the kids in orphanages, foster homes or single parents unable to nurture them. Love is a feeling that doesn’t distinguish on the basis of gender and sexuality and neither should we.
3. Psychological Effect of gay parenting on kids
“Will Children raised in Homosexual Households Become Gay?”, “Do such children face mental and psychological disorders?”, “What if they end up being victims of pedophile?”: These are some of the absurd questions that have been doing rounds for many years now. However, has research and consistent study have finally put an end to all these speculations and these kids fare exactly as well and in some cases even better as compared to those growing up in heterosexual households.
4. LGBT couples make great parents
This should not be surprising. These guys have fought all their lives for what they have today. A fight to disclose their character. Then comes a battle to find a partner. And nothing less than a war to openly declare their love for each other. And finally, a hope to have a family, to adopt a kid. This should be evidence enough that what they have means their life to them. Consequently, the divorce percentage of same-sex couples is much less as compared to their heterosexual counterparts.
5. “Being gay is not natural! It’s against our religion!“are mere misconceptions that need to end…NOW.
If homosexuality wouldn’t have been natural, it wouldn’t have existed in nature in the first place.
If your God is the one who created mankind as they say it,then your God has to be the reason for their existence and so it is not against your religion.”
And if you feel homosexuality is synonymous to having fever, then you are the one who needs a doctor.
So,for all the staunch believers of the line “It’s Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve.” It is high time you begin to mind your own business and leave it to Adam and Steve. They will decide whether they want to look for there Eves or would rather stick to each other.
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