More than half of the countries in the world have legalised same-sex relationships. That is awesome. But there are some 74 countries (mostly undeveloped african and middle-eastern countries), where gays are considered criminals in some way. Unfortunately, we are one of them. And hopefully, we shall get away from this defamed list soon.
About 80 countries have legalised same-sex marriages too, (which is a far away reality for India despite being described as a ‘developing’ country). Undoubtedly, the world is moving much more progressively regarding freedom and equality.
This year, 6 countries legalised same- sex marriage.
Australia’s Parliament voted to legalize same-sex marriage on dec 7, after years of political jockeying and fierce public debate.
PM Turnbull Malcolm said, “This is Australia: fair, diverse, loving and filled with respect for everyone,” as he introduced the bill for a final vote. “This is a great day, it belongs to every Australian.”
He tweeted, “What a day for love, for equality, for respect. Australia has done it” – “Australia we are going to make marriage equality a reality in minutes”.
“The distinction between marriage and registered partnership cannot today be maintained without discriminating against same-sex couples,” the Austrian court wrote in its published opinion.
People living in same-sex partnerships have to disclose their sexual orientation even in situations in which it is not, and must not be, relevant and … are highly likely to be discriminated against,” the court wrote.
There the court said that lawmakers must either amend the current law or enact legislation to allow gay marriage within two years. If the law wasn’t amended within two years, same-sex couples would be allowed to marry immediately, it said.
“Persons eligible to marry shall have their freedom to marry, which includes the freedom to decide ‘whether to marry’ and ‘whom to marry,’” the court said. “Such decisional autonomy is vital to the sound development of personality and safeguarding of human dignity, and therefore is a fundamental right to be protected.”
Finland’s same-sex couples can finally marry and adopt children, as the country’s marriage equality law came. into effect.
The new Finnish law expands existing same-sex unions that give couples the right to take each others surname and makes them eligible to adopt children, erasing the previous legal distinctions between same-sex partnerships and heterosexual marriages
Lawmakers in Malta, a predominantly Roman Catholic country, voted to legalize same-sex marriage joining much of Western Europe by replacing the traditional “you are now husband and wife” declaration in civil ceremonies with “you are now spouses.”
Prime Minister Joseph Muscat hailed the vote, saying it showed that Maltese society had reached “an unprecedented level of maturity.”
“We live in a society where we can all say ‘we are equal,’” Mr. Muscat said as a celebration erupted outside his office. ( Did you read this, INDIA?)
Germany’s parliament voted by a wide margin to legalize same-sex marriage.
“I hope that the vote today not only promotes respect between the different opinions but also brings more social cohesion and peace,” Chancellor Merkel said.The parliament voted in favor of same-sex marriage 393-226.
Gay marriages might be unlikely to happen soon in India But its high time for Indian authorities to amend section 377 and decriminalize gay relationships.
#Bring Justice In India
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