For as much progress that’s been made to accept same-sex relationships and allow same-sex marriages here in the US, it’s easy to forget that in other parts of the world it’s illegal to be a homosexual.
In certain parts of the world, not only has progress towards acceptance stalled, it’s actually gone backwards. Take Uganda for example. They passed their Uganda Anti-Homosexuality Act late 2013 and it was signed into law 2/14. While it was already illegal to participate in a same-sex relationship, the new law allowed for broader criminalization of homosexuals and even allows them to be extradited back to Uganda if they are found to be participating in a same-sex relationship outside of the country. Anyone or any company sympathizing with homosexuals can be penalized. Things like this make me shake my head and say “what the fuck is wrong with people?”
Uganda isn’t the only gay-hating country out there, there are plenty of them and I don’t understand what they think they are going to accomplish by punishing their citizens for having a different sexual preference. What has caused them to be so insecure in their own sexuality that they wish to physically harm someone with a different interest than them?
Homosexuality has been around since the beginning of civilization and the world hasn’t ended yet. Just because a homosexual person sits next to you or even hits on you doesn’t mean you have to accept the advance, it doesn’t change your sexual preferences. It isn’t something you can “catch” or “fix.” It doesn’t make the person automatically immoral or evil either so why go to all the trouble of hating someone for it. Ultimately it’s just a difference of opinion.
I feel it’s as ridiculous to find an issue with someone’s sexual preference as it would be to be upset that your friend preferred large breasted women while you were more interested in a woman’s booty. Or preferring a guy with blue eyes while your friend didn’t care about eye color and just liked men with strong arms. Someone else’s preference doesn’t make your preference any less valid or personal.
Outlawing same-sex relationships has no place in our world. What do you think?