Same sex marriage and LGBT rights are one of the most controversial subjects of our times. As the US proceeds with slight bursts of legalization over the rights of citizens with diverse sexual habits and preferences, the Supreme Court of Justice on American soil is concentrated on analyzing the effects that the tolerance of law has laid upon Massachusetts. From their perspective, this is the first life-scale experiment of what is set to be the future of our diverse race.
Same sex marriage has been allowed in Massachusetts ever since 2004 and at the end of 2013, no less than 7% of the total amount of marriages, namely 25.785 couples have benefitted from the benediction of the new law. The total state population is about 6.7 million and since 2004, 368.675 marriages have been registered.
Well, this is only a question of numbers that doesn’t take us out from the dull box of intolerance. Same sex marriage continues to create hard and frowned debates both among the general public but mostly among people with authority and power to change the state of facts in one of the strongest societies in the world.
The Supreme Court is expected to take some serious decisions on most important matters like health and social care for American citizens, while the general public lacks trust when it comes to the fair and natural decisions that are to be made in the benefit of the population.
It seems that one of the most powerful authorities in the state may ultimately favor same sex marriage, supporting the hypothesis that declares of gay marriage to be a constitutional right, if we come to think that all people are created equal and have a right for equal social treatments.
Whether marriage is defined as the relationship between a man and a woman or more simply put, between two people, eventually it’s a question of terminology rather than social wars or misconceptions that tear communities apart and set fire to the flag of peace in societies.
A fervent critic of gay marriage, the social service minister, Scott Morrison, has reacted quite openly against a potential tolerance for gay couples to marry. He declares that such an important decision calls for more time to think things through, as it “could be a thing which tears the country apart”. He is subtly implying that other options rather than the natural tolerance should be considered before embarking on a boat that could operate some serious changes on the American social scene.
Sticking to the peaceful side of things and supporting further tolerance over races and any kind of preferences, it seems that Massachusetts has managed to maintain one of the lowest overall divorce rates of any state, both before and after gay marriage was legalized. This should be one of the most precious pieces of information, shedding light over the true need of people to have a piece of paper that celebrates their love. This is thus not an infatuation of a social minority, it is a call for tolerance and equality, meant to set things straight between people of all genders, colors and preferences.
For a world that has met such a degree of evolution in matters like technology, businesses and industries, it is somehow shameful that the minds have shrunk to the degree of making freedom of choice a taboo in one of the most liberated societies ever created. This should not be a debatable matter, this should be an adaptation to the brave new world we ourselves have created. Rejection of the natural way of people and attitudes evolving does not bring progress, but rather never ending conflicts and narrow perceptions over never fixed matters. Human existence is flexible, choices and preferences are highly individual and they become a public concern if they coagulate into a mass, exactly what happens in gay societies. These people no longer represent a minority that can be ignored, they represent entire communities that must be allowed to live as active parts of societies, in spite of the narrowness of our beliefs that are based on tradition rather than pure reason, science and matters of evolution.
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