Fostering equality by embracing same-sex marriage

Same-sex marriage is becoming the new norm in many areas of the world and accepted as something barely evoking any exceptional commentary. Symmetra lauds this progress as this indeed is to be welcomed.

Citizens of Switzerland have just voted by a 64.1 per cent majority to legalise same sex marriage. Supporters of the forthcoming legislation say it will put same-sex partners on an equal footing with heterosexual couples, allowing them to adopt children together and facilitating citizenship for same-sex spouses. All the major countries in Western Europe now have legalised same-sex marriage.

Some in Eastern Europe like Croatia, Hungary and Montenegro recognise same-sex partnerships short of marriage. There is, however, no legal recognition of any type of such relationship in Russia, Slovakia, Lithuania and Poland.

Notably, the trend shows clearly that advances in removing discrimination and pointless barriers to equality, which detractors argued would have dire and damaging consequences, have been adopted and absorbed with hardly any problems at all.

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