Yes I do.
I think that the world we live in at the moment is full to the brim with different religions, beliefs and traditions that it almost seams very "old fashioned" to still have prejudice against certain people. The fact that some places in the world are fine with same-sex marriages and others forbid it, just seams ludicrous (to me).
The first country to hold a same-sex marriage was the Netherlands, in Amsterdam City Hall on 1st April 2001, since then a lot of other countries have started performed the marriages (in certain areas) -
- 2003 - Belgium and Canada (in some provinces)
- 2005 - Spain
- 2006 - South Africa
- 2009 - Norway and Sweden
- 2010 - Portugal, Iceland and Argentina
- 2012 - Denmark and Uruguay
- 2004 - Massachusetts
- 2008 - Connecticut
- 2009 - Lowa and Vermont
- 2010 - New york and New Hampshire
- 2012 - Washington and Maine
- 2013 - Maryland
The orange and red sections of the above picture show's the places of the world where there is still a penalty for same-sex relationships, even death. A lot of their laws stipulate that a marriage is between a husband and wife no exceptions. I believe that we can not help who we fall in love with and to penalise people for doing what makes them happy is awful.
However, this is still a very ongoing situation and it seams that the question is always being discussed and debated by politicians around the world.
I think the way forward is for acceptance, to me it is the only way the world can survive without World War 3. The sooner we accept people for who they are, the sooner the world can benefit from it.
No-one should have to hide who they are.