The tide of marriage equality is slowly finding its way around the world. Chile becomes one of the latest countries to make the bold stride with what seems to be a historic bill in the country. This comes after Chilean president on 28th August, 2017 introduced a bill to the county’s congress that would allow marriage of same sex individuals in the country. Chile has joined the league of several other countries which also legalized same-sex marriages.
One of the earliest countries to legalize same sex marriages was the Netherlands in 2001, and since then, the legalization of same-sex marriage has snowballed throughout the world. Spain, Canada, and Argentina were next to pass the law in the early to mid-2000s; and at least two countries have legalized same sex marriage every single year since 2009. Taiwan passed the bill earlier this year, and Germany followed suit recently.
Even Australia seems to be headed in the direction of legalizing marriage equality, owing to the high court’s ruling that the planned postal vote that would decide the fate of marriage equality in the country should proceed as proposed. The Chilean President’s move to introduce a bill aimed at legalizing gay marriage is a move that follows a sequence of liberal reforms in a country that most people refer to as, “one of Latin America’s most conservative nations.” In 2015, same-sex civil unions were approved after years of legislative battles. In march of this year, Bachelet vowed to send a full marriage equality bill to the legislators by the end of this year. On Monday, she made her promise come to fulfillment.
Talking from one of Chile’s presidential palace La Moneda she said, “We can’t let old prejudices be stronger than love. We do this with the certainty that it is not ethical or fair to put artificial limits on love, or to deny essential rights just because of the sex of those who make up a couple.” The bill is expected to give express consent to eligible same-sex couples to adopt children. Just as any other heterosexual couple would! The move comes barely a week after a constitutional Court in Chile approved a historic bill that would allow abortions in special circumstance.
Prior to this, Chile was one of the few countries in the world that forbade the termination of pregnancy whatever the circumstances, even when the expectant mother’s life is in danger. It is unclear whether Bachelet would be able to drive the marriage equality bill through the congress before her term in office comes to an end in March 2018. Although the news of the bill has been welcomed by some people, more so the Gay rights activists, some people have opposed it.
For instance, former Chilean President Sebastián Piñera has opposed the bill. In a recent statement to the BBC he said, “There should not be discrimination, but at the same time the essence of an institution such as marriage should be respected, which has always been about conserving the human race.” To the activists of the modern day the move by Chile and the many other countries to support the legalization of gay marriages seems to be the best move.
Such activist would praise such a move as a step towards freedom and equality in Chile and the world at large. “People should not be victimized by the choice of marriage partner or who they love,” they are often heard saying. However, is homosexuality right? It is easy to notice that most of the countries in which the gay in the society are accepted to the extent of legalizing marriage equality are those with a Christian population of more than 50%. These are those countries that were founded on Christian moral values. It is also worth noting that homosexuals are often shunned in most of the Muslim countries.
Homosexuality remains illegal in the 10 of the 17 countries making up the middle east. Furthermore, Male homosexuality is illegal and punishable by imprisonment in Kuwait, Egypt, Oman, Qatar, The UAE and Syria. These countries have however received criticism from the international communities due to their prohibition of gay rights. However, there lies a big problem. The Christians are well aware of the Bible’s stand when it comes to the concept of homosexuality.
The Bible condemns homosexuality! In fact, the book of Leviticus commands that, “You shall not lie with a man, as a woman, that is detestable.” It goes ahead to say that should a man lie with another man; they have committed an abomination. Now, in the event that counties openly support homosexuality implies that they are in defiance of God’s word. People are rebelling openly against God and are even making legislations to that effect, in the name of “freedom” and “rights.” Humanity is Lost. We are deep in rebellion.
Are activists right to say that the Bible morals don’t apply today because “change is inevitable?”
What is the fate of humanity after our rebellion?