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Perilous gay marriage ruling

Published:Sunday | June 28, 2015 | 11:17 PM


In what has been described as a historic, landmark ruling the Supreme Court of the United States declared same sex marriage legal in all 50 states, including those states where gay marriage was illegal.

Although a close vote, the deadlock vote was decided symbolically and ironically by none other than conservative Justice Anthony Kennedy. The ruling emphasised equality instead of discrimination, sending a powerful message about what that really means.

The US Supreme Court ruled that the constitution should give gay and lesbian couples the same rights as straight couples. Justice Kennedy declared in the ruling that same-sex relationships "are no less worthy of the sacred institution of marriage than relationships between men and women."

He added that "the hope of gay people intending to marry is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization's oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right."

The USA now follows many other countries including Canada, Spain, Ireland, Brazil, Norway, Argentina, Iceland, Uruguay and France where same sex couples can legally marry.

Religious fundamentalists and homophobes must be now in a frenzy. Hate is never victorious and history has shown this repeatedly. And even as Jamaica struggles to decide whether or not to retain the antiquated buggery law we will soon realize just how petty and overplayed this topic really is, compared to bigger human rights issues other countries are dealing with.

No law should mandate intimacy between consenting adults in their private spaces. Lesbians, gays, bisexual and trans individuals have also existed since man was created with no harm or threat to civilization or procreation, which some naive persons have suggested.

No one ought to feel threatened, the world is certainly big enough for us to live and let others live, equally and with dignity. People are free to cling to their religious views on whatever issue, but in the end love is love, and this latest US Supreme Court ruling is not only a victory for America, but a victory for humanity.