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US needs to catch up to Britain

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Published: Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Updated: Tuesday, February 5, 2013 23:02

British Parliament passed a bill legalizing same-sex marriage Tuesday.

After seven hours of debate, the 400-175 in favor vote resulted in the bill passing parliament.

Next, the bill will go on to the House of Lords, and will likely become law.

However, with every step forward, there is usually a step back.

Even though the bill allows same-sex marriages, it also allows religious organizations the right to not perform ceremonies for the same-sex couples.

There is not necessarily anything wrong with that.

Each individual organization, in any sense of the word, has the right to decide what goes on within their own group.

A lot of same-sex couples do not want anything to do with religious organizations simply because of the oppression they have been put though. So, in the long run, surely there will be some people who do not like that part of the law, but it still will not affect their ability to get married.

British Prime Minister David Cameron was in favor of the legislation and said the bill is an important step to pull the country forward.

It is a great thing that powerful politicians are becoming more and more in favor of equality.

It would be nice if everyone worldwide, regardless of religious affiliation, were accepting of equal rights for everyone — especially same-sex couples — but everything takes one step at a time.

The passing of the bill puts Britain in the ranks of Denmark, Spain and the Netherlands, who also allow same-sex marriage.

There is no reason why same-sex couples should not be able to get married and have the same rights as heterosexual couples. It is good that different parts of the world are finally addressing the issue, and hopefully, sooner than later, more people will wake up and realize what other people do in the bedroom is no one else’s business.

At this rate, Britain, the nation the United States separated from to achieve freedom more than 200 years ago, is beginning to look more like a “home of the free” than the United States.

 

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