Marriage equality: From East to West
In 2001, the Nethelands became the first nation in our world to legalize marriage for all couples equally, breaking a historic and traditional injustice that humanity carried and propagated as a norm. Since then, marriage equality prevailed in one country after the other. Over the past 12 years, 13 more countries legalized same-sex marriage, joined recently by Uruguay and New Zealand in past month. Here is a brief summary prepared by human rights activist Dr. Hasan Abdessamad about where same-sex marriage has been legalized and where work is being done to legalize it. He also comments on the current fight for marriage equality in USA and Lebanon.
ابحث عن كلمة “حقوق” في اشارة المساواة: كل ما يطالب به المثليين والمثليات هي المساواة في الحقوق كما في الواجبات
The Equal sign says “Hokouk” Arabic for “Rights”. This is an Arabic adaptation of the Marriage Equality sign that was launched by the Human Rights Campaign HRC in USA in 2013 and went viral on social media portals. This was in support for marriage equality as the Supreme Court held hearings in regards to the unconstitutionality of the Defence of Marriage Act (DOMA).
This was designed by Joumana Medlej and shared publicly on her Facebook profile – Joumana gave us and the community the right to reuse it.
This is an adaptation of the Human Rights Campaign HRC logo which is a yellow equal sign over a blue background. It was used virally on social media in Mar-Apr 2013 in support for the marriage equality hearings by The Supreme Court.
Contrary to the virally spread news, marriage equality has not been fully attained today in New Zealand. A bill for legalisation was passed by Parliament (77 votes to 44) and awaits the formality of Royal Assent. If approved, same-sex marriage licenses would likely start being issues in August 2013.
This will make New Zealand the 12th country with marriage equality. The Netherlands was the first, in 2001, and it was later joined by Belgium, Spain, Norway, Sweden, Iceland, Portugal and Denmark. Argentina, Canada and South Africa are the three non-European countries in the group. Uruguay will be next after the president signs an amended bill that has been passed by the Chamber of Deputies on April 10 2013 (71 votes to 21).
Eyes are on the following countries: Andorra, Colombia, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, Nepal, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom. In those countries the legal process…
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