I believe that gay marriage should be legalised in the UK. I don’t have a problem with a distinction being made between a heterosexual couple and a homosexual one, but it should be just that - a distinction, save for a different name the two partnerships should have exactly the same legal basis.
Being prejudiced against homosexuality doesn’t automatically make you homophobic, by definition prejudices are not something which you have control over. For example, I do not understand why some people cover themselves in tattoos and piercings and my initial reaction is usually one of mild distaste, however I would fight for their right to be able do so. I have found that most of those who are against gay marriage seem to be reluctant to distinguish between what they are not personally comfortable with doing and what is actually morally wrong. It may be asking too much to ask these people to actually campaign for gay marriage, but I don’t believe they should campaign against it.
I ask that all those who are against gay marriage re-evaluate their stance with a more open mind and decide whether they are against it because they disapprove or whether they actually believe that it is morally wrong. I also ask those who are for gay marriage to stop hurling abuse at those who are currently against it and branding them as homophobic - all you are doing is alienating them and gradually turning their prejudices into warranted phobias.
“I believe marriage is between a man and a woman. I am not in favor of gay marriage. But when you start playing around with constitutions, just to prohibit somebody who cares about another person, it just seems to me that’s not what America’s about. Usually, our constitutions expand liberties, they don’t contract them.”
“I was against gay marriage until I realized I didn’t have to get one.”
“Equal marriage should not come at the cost of freedom of faith, nor freedom of faith come at the cost of equal marriage. We are capable of accommodating both.”
“I’m not for gay marriage, but I’m not for discriminating against people.”
“It’s only fair that stable gay relationships of long standing should have the same rights and responsibilities as married couples. I know the image of gay marriage is to some people horrific and ludicrous.”
Article written by Daniel Chatfield