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In favour of gay marriage
Member Name: jesperado
Advantages: Gay couples should have the same rights as straight couples
Disadvantages: There aren't any
I am completely in favour gay weddings or civil partnerships or whatever you choose to call them. There is no good reason I can think of why two people of the same sex shouldn't be able to proclaim their ongoing love for one another in front of the friends and family just as heterosexual couples have been able to for centuries.
I hope that the rise in the number of gay couples getting civil partnerships will go some way to destroy the myth that homosexual people are more promiscuous than heterosexuals. I don't know why this myth has persisted but many people still seem to believe that gay men in particular are more likely to sleep around. The gay people I know don't seem to be any more promiscuous than the straight people I know and their relationships don't appear to be any less meaningful than other relationships.
I'm not sure on the legal implications of civil partnerships but I would hope that gay couples in a partnership would be afforded the same rights as a married heterosexual couple. If anyone knows about this please let me know if I am right about this.
As for the members of the dooyoo community - you know who you are - that have commented that they don't like 'camp' and think gay weddings are too loud or flamboyant, I have one question: Have you ever been to a straight wedding? It's a big bundle of frilly dresses, flowers, kids dressed up in dinner jackets, lots of pastel colours and people crying. I don't see how anything could be more camp than that!
I really hope that civil partnerships lead to a greater acceptance of gay couples. I think that often people can't see beyond the camp and flamboyant examples of homosexuality that frequently appear in the media. Not all gay men are giggling and flippant just as not all gay women are butch man-haters. There is as much diversity within the gay community as there is within the heterosexual community and there is no reason why one group should be afforded rights that are denied the other.
Summary: Forget the stereotypes - everyone deserves to be happy