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A sign of progress or a loss of tradition?
by Gary Dixon - Friday, 29 April 2016, 10:08 AM

A sign of progress or loss of tradition?


The meaning of marriage is changing

The institution of marriage is still illegal to gay couples in a few countries around the world. You could get the death penalty if you are found to be gay in Kenya, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Islamic Republic of Mauritania and Iraq. Or you could be incarcerated (jailed) if you are gay in Guyana, much of North Africa, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Myanmar. And yet, in many countries around the world gay couples can cohabit (live together), enter into a civil union (almost be married) or even get married. Recently, Colombia legalised gay marriages.

A recent phenomenon in China is spreading where gay people and their parents are posting selfies of themselves on social media saying they will not involve themselves (or their children) in sham (fake) marriages.

The world is moving forward on this issue. But what are your views?

Was marriage originally intended for heterosexuals only? Is it unnatural to be gay? Is the purpose of marriage to raise a family in the traditional way?


Is same sex marriage a sign of human advancement? Do modern methods of procreation (making babies) make it necessary to expand the definition of marriage? Does adoption also make this necessary? Should countries that punish gay people be blacklisted or even have sanctions imposed (forced to stop some trade and other international activities) against them? Is it hypocritical that in many countries where gay relationships are illegal, polygyny (one man having many wives) is still legal?

Or even,

Should the definition of marriage be further expanded to include marriage between more than 2 people (polygamy) or group marriages where multiple sexes marry together. For example 2 men and 2 women all married together with full consent.

Personally, I think that governments should recognise the rights of any 2 or more consenting adults who choose to start a family together. The basis of this recognition should be on whether or not these people can make a positive contribution to their community. Local views should be considered but local resistance should be meet with education and positive campaigns so that minds can be opened.

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China's LGBT community pledge not to enter sham marriages - Gay Times

Where  is it illegal to be gay? - BBC News

China rights: Gay people pledge not to enter into sham marriages - BBC News

Colombia legalises gay marriage - BBC News

Polygamy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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