It is a version of an appeal for the protection of free speech, and in this case it is a demand that the speech of particular persons carry the authority to define the structure of reality without regard to the basis of past legal judgments. When all of the arguments that gay marriage is an intrinsically bad fail, religious conservatives move to argue that such marriages will somehow infringe on their own civil rights. One thing that has often puzzled many people is the argument from so many religious and political conservatives that same-sex marriages "threaten" and "undermine" traditional heterosexual marriages. There are many married straight couples who cannot biologically have children or who choose not to. InNew Zealand enacted legislation allowing same-sex couples to enter into civil unions. Photos by Murray Lipp. Nor would equal treatment of citizens before the law require a court to conclude that those of us who pray before the start of auto races should be allowed to redefine our auto clubs as churches.
Who is loosening policy?
Two years later, the United Nations appointed its first-ever independent expert on sexual orientation and gender identity. At least ten other countries in Central and Eastern Europe have such prohibitions. In late India lifted a colonial-era ban on gay sex.
There is little information on public attitudes toward homosexuality in South and Central Asia.