A Slow March Forward

According to a recent U.N. report, there is a global trend towards decriminalization of same-sex relations. Twenty-five countries in the last twenty years have repealed laws banning consensual gay sex. Five of them in the last five years.

Good news, yes … but …

France legalized homosexuality in 1791. 1791 ! Two hundred and twenty-six years ago. This is not a new idea, people. And yet, here we are in 2017 and there are still seventy-three nations where same-sex relations are illegal. Really?

Are we stubborn or stupid or both?  Yes.

It took the suffrage movement 118 years to work its way across the globe. From New Zealand, the first country to give women the vote in 1893, to Saudi Arabia where women were allowed to vote for the first time in 2011.

Homo Sapiens: We might walk on two feet, but we crawl toward equality — each and every time.

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7 thoughts on “A Slow March Forward

  1. It’s taken years for equality in the UK too. Sex between men was illegal until 1967, when the Sexual Offences Act came into force making it legal for men aged 21 or above. It was only in 1994 that age was lowered to 18 and in 2001 it was lowered again to 16 – making it the same as the age of consent for straight people. Things are so different now it’s hard to believe I live in the same country.
    JP

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    1. LOL! My daughter and her wife bought sperm. Yes, things are different now. We’re lucky to be living where we are.
      Canada decriminalized homosexuality in 1969. When the legislation was introduced in 1967, the Justice Minister said, “The state has no business in the bedrooms of the nation.” Yes!
      There’s a bill floating around the house to change the age of consent. As it stands now, it’s 16 for oral and vaginal sex and 18 for anal, for both gay and straight people.

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  2. Sometimes I just don’t understand. This is really such a non-issue, right? When I was growing up in Colorado we had this horrible congresswoman named Marilyn Musgrave who was sort of the national voice against same-sex marriage. When she was finally voted out of office in 2006 (I lived in Massachusetts at that point), she didn’t even give a concession speech. . .

    I assume she believed so strongly that she’d failed the nation—hell, the whole world—that she couldn’t face the public. I have to commend her on the strength of her beliefs, but also pity her. How horrible must it be to live your whole life in such fear—to be terrified that an act of love between consenting adults was literally tearing apart the fabric of society and destroying civilization?

    I’m so grateful for the progress we’ve made. And I’m grateful for people like you who speak to the absurdity of ongoing division and prejudice.

    Thanks. 😉

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