Ellen DeGeneres and Portia De Rossi, Elton John and David Furnish, Barry Manilow, Garry Kief, Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka; these are just a few famous names in show business who were proud and out to be gay, and happily tied the knot by legal union of marriage.
So when and where was gay marriage legalized?
In biblical history, same sex relations and sexual acts were transcribed in the story of Sodom and Gomorah. However there were no writings of formal marriage.
In the early Roman Empire, the documented same sex marriage happened between Child emperors Elagabalus who married Zoticus, an athlete, with an extravagant ceremony. Nero, the first Roman emperor married two males, Pythagoras, his freedman, then Sporus, a young boy. However in 342 AD, Constantius II and Constans who were Christian emperors issued a law that prohibits same-sex marriage in Rome. Those who would not abide by the law shall be executed.
In 1989, Denmark recognized same–sex marriage with registered partnerships and rights of the same sex couple. However, they were not allowed to adopt a child. In the 20th Century, Netherlands became the first country recognizing same sex marriage by law. Followed by the countries, Belgium (2003), Spain (2005), Canada (2005), South Africa (2006), Norway (2009), Sweden(2009), Portugal (2010), Iceland (2010), Argentina (2010), Denmark (2012), Brazil (2013), France (2013), Uruguay (2013), New Zealand (2013), Luxembourg (2015), the United States (2015), Ireland (2015), Colombia (2016), Finland (2017), Malta (2017), Germany (2017), Australia (2017) and Austria (2019) Not all parts of Mexico and United Kingdom recognized same-sex marriage. To date, Taiwan, Austria and Costa Rica are the countries with pending Bill and Act to legalize same-sex marriage.
There have been government considerations for countries such as Chile, Cuba, Czech Republic, Ecuador, states in Mexico, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Switzerland and Venezuela, Paraguay, Monaco, Poland, Romania and Thailand. Civil Rights and Human Rights strongly advocate this legalization. Several organizations have been also in support to its legalization with the famous people as their advocates. However, their antagonists, the Church Organizations strongly believe this act is not moral.
This issue affected social and economic concerns, health concerns, political and religious aspects, which has been a debate over the decades. With the continuous fight between the protagonists and antagonists over this issue, the question is, when shall the debate be over? Who shall win the fight? Will the modernization and the social media affect the views and beliefs of society? Will the society be more open to this or be more aware of its disadvantages?
What is true and apparent right now is that Love, which should be the root of all marriages, whether same-sex or different sexes, always win. And to love is the right of all humanity.