‘All men can be heroes,
All men can be husbands’
Over the past couple of months there has been a lot of tension surrounding the Coalition for Marriage, a campaign to stop same-sex marriage becoming legalised in this country. As it stands, the Coalition for Marriage has achieved just under 500,000 signatures. That’s 500,000 UK citizens who have taken time out of their day to deny gay individuals the right to marry. The opposition, the Coalition for Equal Marriage , has achieved barely a tenth of that, with a measly 50,000 signatures.
This highlights the inequality that is still present in today’s society. The gay rights movement has progressed a hell of a long way since homosexuality was first legalised in 1967, but there is still a lot of ground that needs to be covered. Huge steps have been taken within my lifetime, it was only in 2000 when the age of consent was equalised to sixteen for both straight and gay couples, but I believe it will still be a long time until equality will truly be witnessed in our society.
Gay and straight men alike often utter that there is no need for gay activism because we have already achieved equal rights- I couldn’t disagree more. Despite the fact that we have gay icons in the media, homosexuality is still perceived as something wrong, something shameful, something that needs to be hidden away in the closet. It’s a rarity to see a gay couple holding hands in the street, and gay pride parades are still ambushed by angry protestors- It was only in 2010 when anti-gay death-sentence leaflets were distributed in the lead up to Derby Gay Pride.
I personally only surround myself with those people who are supportive of homosexual individuals and it is easy to forget the masses of people who are strongly against us. The statistics indicate that only one tenth of the population fully support gay rights, and if that doesn’t indicate that there is a drastic need for progression, I don’t know what does.
The Coalition for Equal Marriage recently released this video in support of same-sex marriage, I’m optimistically hoping that it will help raise awareness and increase the number of signatures.
If you are for same-sex marriage and haven’t yet signed the petition, I strongly urge you to do so. After all, love is love, regardless of gender.