By Sean Farrell, Joe Wood, Saskia Schink, Roman Koshivka and Sergio Serrano


France is the ninth country in Europe, and the seventh EU member, to approve the same-sex-marriage law since the Netherlands in 2001. However, despite the fact that most of Europe recognises the legal union between same-sex-people, there are still many differences between regions. Europe is one of the world’s most developed continents but is it as liberal and socially developed as people think? Should the EU be intervening on this issue, forcing the other EU members into following the same steps taken by Spain and the Netherlands?

The ‘I do’ between Vincent Autin and Bruno Boileau in Montpellier means that same sex-marriage is no longer just a pipe-dream in France but a fact. The wedding was conducted by Hélène Mandroux, mayor of the town, who pronounced: “Vincent, Bruno, this day, you have dreamed it, we have dreamed it, and today, this dream is becoming true. We are living, you are making us living an historical moment. (…) Your history meets this day the one from a whole country, the one from a society which progresses, which fights against all the discriminations. (…)To those who would not understood, I remind them a sentence from Benjamin Franklin, ‘A nation can sacrifice a bit of their freedom for a bit of security do not deserve either one thing or the other and end up losing both of them’”.

Unfortunately, Europe has still has a very colorful map in terms of homosexuality as the Spanish LGTB union published referring to a program in Cadena Ser; there are still too few countries with legal same-sex-marriage, mostly EU countries plus Norway and Iceland.

In Poland, the Government started a “prosecution” against the children TV program Teletubbies because it “promoted homosexuality” and they are worried that it could have a negative effect on the Polish youth. The Polish Government has also proposed laws to lay off teachers who promote homosexuality in schools. This is not but another excuse to continue with the prosecution against homosexuality in the country by the national Government.

In Europe, countries such as Belarus, Russia and Ukraine do not even ban discrimination, something unbelievable in 21st-century-Europe. In Russia, the fact goes further, the mayor from Moscow, did not allow a gay parade for being “satanic” and criticised some European nations which: «bless marriages between people from the same sex and introduce in primary schools the manuals of sexual education, which act as a mortal moral poison over the clean children’s minds».

Of course it is the decision of each country decision but, the EU can help in creating a more equal Europe allowing homosexuals in all countries to marry and adopt children. The EU approved a text condemning homophobia and insisting all its members to protect the LGTB community from discrimination and pursue equality.

We need to develop on homosexuality because we are not tolerant at all. There are still many close-minded people that cannot believe that this “crime against humanity” could be true. That is homophobia, whose definition is: an extreme and irrational aversion to homosexuality and homosexual people. Fear, not hate; homophobic people are not but afraid of LGTB community for being something “new”; they have always lived quite well living in a “prehistoric” past. If a person likes same-sex-people and wants to marry and become parents, who cares? We have freedom of choice and freedom of thinking according to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. So, if LGTB community does not discriminate straights; why do straights attack and discriminate them? That has a name: egoism and also intransigence; the population has still a considerable mental block that it cannot evolve more than it is.



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