So the day has come...gay marriage is now legal in NEW YORK CITY! Really? So a few things strike me with this NEW law and frankly the whole thought of this union, joining together as one thing. When they say it is now legal...is it in the form of now they can legally be taxed as a union or does it mean legal in the sense that it is now acceptable to society? Check out how long this has been going on.
Various types of same-sex marriages have existed, ranging from informal, unsanctioned relationships to highly ritualized unions.While it is a relatively new practice that same-sex couples are being granted the same form of legal marital recognition as commonly used by mixed-sex couples, recent publicity and debate over the past decade gives an impression that civil marriage for lesbian and gay couples is novel and untested. There is a long history of recorded same-sex unions around the world. It is believed that same-sex unions were celebrated in Ancient Greece and Rome, some regions of China, such as Fujian, and at certain times in ancient European history. A law in the Theodosian Code (C. Th. 9.7.3) issued in 342 CE imposed severe penalties or death on same-sex marriage in ancient Rome but the exact intent of the law and its relation to social practice is unclear, as only a few examples of same-sex marriage in that culture exist.(Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marriage)
If you remember the Stonewall riots in Greenwich Village back in 1969 you will understand that New York has been played a role as the birthplace of the gay rights movement. Due to the size and prominence of this city, is what really makes this passing of the law so interesting. In my eyes we have come upon a point in this nation where the decisions that are made help to fuel a negative reaction and does not help the masses.
Picture this...crime is not going down anywhere really, bullying especially with the younger generation is at an all time high, and now legalization of gay marriage is in place. There were nearly 300 attacks in New York alone in 2009 to LBGT people says Roberta Sklar from the New York City Anti-Violence Project. The numbers are still being calculated for 2010, but I fear that a more openness can lead to more blatant targeting of hate crimes towards gay people. There is also the now social acceptability of this new law...how will this affect children? Children are constantly wondering what is going on in their own home ie: divorce, single parents,etc. Now we have kids in school trying to explain to his friend why he has 2 mommys or 2 daddys. When you take a stance of religious reasons...how do you explain that to your child or congregation? There are some things in this word that were built on a certain foundation and through time the foundation must change in order to sustain order. With the legalization of this...there are definitely more important things that the government can try to focus on to help make this a better place for us to live. As Obama stated earlier in the week, he will bring home troops. We need to address the oil situation and become less dependent on foreign resources...which by the way we BULLY people to get, and try to come out of this deficit that we are in. As I stated earlier, I think this was done to tax accordingly and build more revenue through creating a union that most gays were ok with before legalizing it. The one thing I can say is that LBGT individuals may soon take over the population of married couple due to the high rate of divorce that has been occurring across the nation. Let's revisit this in 5 years and see where we are.
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