In April’s first week many national and international TV news, websites and newspapers included the following headlines ‘Colombia highest court paves way for marriage equality in surprise ruling’, ‘Colombia says ‘I do’ to gay marriage’, Colombia’s Constitutional Court legalizes same-sex marriage’. These are great news for the LGBT community since gay marriage has been a controversial topic not only in our country but worldwide.
Did you know that homosexuality and gay marriage are illegal in many countries and many people are prosecuted for being gay? Well, there are some nations where these trends are even punishable with death penalty. According to BBC News, during the last two centuries many states have decriminalized same sex relationships. However, countries like India, Nigeria and Russia have recently introduced punitive laws against gay groups, shows of same-sex public affection, or the promotion of non-traditional sexuality to under-18s.
On the other hand, a survey conducted in Bogotá showed that 57% of the citizens disapproved gay marriage and 70% opposed gay couples’ right to adopt children. These results show that Colombian society still struggles with the topic. Opponents say that gay marriage violates natural law, it turns a morally incorrect thing into a politically correct one, it offends God, it denies a child the fact of having a real family, amongst many other arguments.
Gay marriage is a hot topic and it is happening right now, that's why the Talk/Show Conversation Club is open to both those who are for it or against it, so that everyone can express their opinions about same-sex marriage.
Our sessions are held every Wednesday at 12:00 in classroom 704 and 5:30 pm in classroom N-401. See you all there!