Tory MP John Whittingdale: ‘Same-sex marriage will cause distress to many’
Two men/women stand before their friends and family and vow to spend the rest of their lives together. They exchange rings, they have a reception with cake and champagne and speeches are made, and glasses of bubbly raised to the happy couple. It is a day of celebration and happiness for the couple and one which they could only dream about until recently.
Now, somewhere else in the world, two terrified young men await there execution for Sodomy. They will dangle on the end of a rope high up on a crane for all to see and witness their ‘shame’. They won’t die quickly.
A young teenager is bullied relentlessly for being gay. He/she goes home one night and takes a handful of pills because he/she cannot take the pain of the attacks any more. The parents and family of this teenager are distraught.
Another young gay man on his way home from the pub is attacked and beaten up so badly that he is disfigured for life. Nothing will ever be the same for him or his family and partner.
Way back in the 1950s gay men were routinely rounded up and taken to court. They were given the choice of either a prison term or chemical castration. Alan Turing, mathematical genius and cryptographer chose the latter…..and later committed suicide.
Now, I ask you…which of these scenarios do you think is the most distressing?