Since the beginning of civilized societies, there have been
all kind of uncivilized conflicts: wars, ideological conflicts, generation gaps?
There is always an issue in where two wings strongly disagree on and are willing
to take that discussion to the next level. Some of those conflicts were exceptions:
they only occurred in specific contexts. However, every little change in any
society's lifeline is questioned by a group that always existed, a current that
priory the traditional way of doing things: the conservatives. It was that way
when rock and roll showed up, when manifestations against war took place?
and now, on the beginning of the 21st century, there's another subject that
puts them in conflict with other currents: gay marriage.
Slowly, homosexuality began to be accepted in today's societies.
Some do not agree, it's true. Nevertheless, most people realized that nothing
could be done do about and learned to live with it. In fact, it became politically
correct to respect their sexual orientation. Lots of gay manifestations happen
every year. And the gay marriage is the only thing that society is not willing
to accept. In the whole world, just two countries - Netherlands and Belgium
- legalized same-sex marriage, and Sweden and Spain are in the process of doing
so. Some European countries have only legalized the civil unions between gay
couples. Apparently, the conflict will go on for a few years. But, why there's
so much polemic about it?
Well, since homosexuals can't be forced to go straight, they
can't force people to accept and agree with their orientation. It's just a matter
of giving the same rights to everyone. Therefore, things stay like this: on
one side, gays ask for their rights to marry whomever they love, and the conservative
lot argument that the legalization of same-sex union will ruin traditional marriage.
Politicians, caught in the middle of cross fire, don't really know how to act
- and they stay on the side of more adepts, so as to as many votes on the re-election
campaign. While the conservative wing claims that gay relationship is immoral
and their known polygamy would threaten the beginning of a family, homosexuals
respond saying that whoever doesn't agree with them are just people who don't
have open minds for the shape of things to come.
The real problem here is that both sides are prejudging, treating
each other much like the stereotypes they have on their minds. Being, essentially
civil right, it should become debate, not conflict. While one end keeps attacking
the other, the solution is getting farther each time. Most of all, our civilized
society becomes as uncivilized as it always been.
More on Gay Marriage:
Same sex marriage - Catholics
and gay marriage - Fundaments
of gay marriage