For every generation, there is a defining moment. In the twenties, it was women’s suffrage; in the sixties, people of color fought for their basic human rights and the seventies was a decade of reinventing spiritual, intellectual, and sexual ideologies. As long as there will be people, there will be movements to challenge societal beliefs that have held fast.
So with that in mind, what will be the turning point for our generation? What will be the movement that graces the history textbooks of our grandchildren thirty or forty years from now? It seems that this undertaking will be the LGBT Rights Movement and the recognition of gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgendered/transsexual people as active citizens and full owners of the human rights they have previously not been allowed.
On the fifth of this month, February, England legislators passed a bill recognizing the union of two same-sex partners by a measure of 400 to 175, and a majority of 225 votes for the bill. David Cameron, the British Prime Minister, said the bill was an “important step forward” to strengthen society. This legalization of gay marriage follows in the domino effect of other states and countries that are fully recognizing the gay community’s right to marry. New York and California are among the seven states in the United States that allow gays to marry, Washington becoming the seventh state to pass this legislation on the 13th of February. It seems that the stigmatization of gay couples is slowly diminishing with each bill passed. However, this does not hold true in all cases, especially in the mindsets of some Rosslyn students and in the country of Kenya nationwide.
When asked the question of whether or not gay marriage should be universally recognized, Adora Lushugurhi, a 10th grader, remarked, “It isn’t right, biblically and morally speaking. God made Adam and Eve, not Adam and…” here she stopped to laugh a little “Adam and Eventon!” Though the joke adds some humor to the issue this is a belief held by many religious people. It becomes less of a governmental issue and more an issue of arguing against the Bible. “It’s against God’s will. It’s a lifestyle choice and it’s wrong,” said another high schooler who chose to go unnamed.
However, there are still some people within our Rosslyn community who see no real moral issue in legalizing gay marriage. Sanjana Sharma, a ninth grader, said that she really saw no point in paraphrasing the Bible when in reality, homosexuality is not a choice. “It’s a biological implication, not something that just happens or someone just decides.” Yet another student, who chose to be unnamed, said that “I don’t really see gay marriage as a huge issue. There are bigger things to worry about that what people do behind closed doors.”
When it comes to gay marriage, it always boils down to the argument of whether or not human sexuality is a choice or if it’s a biological “gene” that one is born with. But do these questions really give the government the right to take away the rights of some people because of who they choose to be committed to? Is it ethically okay to write Constitutions that treat certain individuals as second class citizens? Is it this really even such a big deal or is it a non-issue that can be taken care of at another time? These questions have sparked countless theological, scientific, ethical, and personal discussion and it seems that there is no clear answer in the near-future. However, as the acceptance of the LGBT community grows worldwide and as more governments are stating their positions on the issue of gay marriage, it is an issue that will be marked down in our grandchildren’s history books for years to come.
– Milkah K