Not that this is a current debate in South Africa – our very liberal constitution, for which we are lauded around the world, ironically decides this issue for us (even if in certain race groups women are being brutally raped for their sexuality) so we are not faced with the daily press debate, the way other countries are at the moment.
In the USA and the UK there has been consistent media coverage. In America the issue has now come before the US Supreme Court, and a rather long list of prominent corporations have come out in support.
Apple Inc. got front page coverage for their pro gay marriage status, but they aren’t the only ones. They are joined by companies like Morgan Stanley Ebay Inc, Nike Inc, Oracle Corp., Panasonic Corp, Xerox corp., Barnes and Noble Inc., Goldman Sachs Group Inc., and Facebook Inc.
A longer list of over 200 corporations are placing pressure on the White House directly – Barrack Obama has until 28 Feb (today as I am writing this) to either join or come out against those urging the court to back gay marriage nationwide.
In another closely followed debate, members of Britain’s Parliament ruled in favour of the marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill recently – 400 ayes to 175 noes now force the issue that much further up the road of state-sanctioned reality in the UK.
As of February 2013 same-sex marriages can happen in both England and Wales (but it wasn’t without constant and heated press debate amongst ministers of parliament). David Cameron sees this as a landmark move for equality.
Boris Johnson, London’s very unruly looking mayor and one of the most recognisable figures in British politics, was heard to say: “I’m in favour of gay marriage and I can’t see what all the fuss is about.” He’s also said that he regards London as “one of the most tolerant cities in the world and intolerant of intolerance.” (I like him!)
Britain now joins a long list of other countries that allow gay marriage:
USA (only some states, so their presence here is questionable)
Happy Wedding Planning!