In the end, aren’t we all equal?
The year of 2015 is about to end and a lot has changed. What are we talking about, I hear you ask. Well, as the title reveals, this has to do with equality and therefore Human Rights. YEU International, has a long history in promotion of Rights and equality and this year has made us happy in various occasions, but at the same time we have also seen equal rights taking some steps back. More specifically, this refers to homosexual civil rights as marriage or civil union and adoption.
During this year Portugal and Czech Republic have positively surprised us by allowing adoption to same sex couples.First Portugal legalized adoption by same sex couples, during November 2015 and then Czech Republic, which on December 7th 2015, “the court in Prostějov, south Moravia,… delivered a breakthrough ruling when it recognized the adoption of 10-year-old twins by a Czech-French gay couple living in the US”. Following the happy news from Portugal, additional was the joy when we saw the Cypriot parliament, on the 26th of November, pass the Civil Union law that includes same sex couples. Adding to that, despite all these years of discrimination, Greece finally has set an end to this inequality and now offers the possibility to same sex couples to proceed in civil partnership since the 23rd of December. On the other hand, we still see Czech Republic, Cyprus and Greece not offering the same possibilities for adoption as Portugal, with Slovenia adding to this unfair discrimination by rejecting same sex marriage and adoption through a referendum on the 20th of December.
As YEU we strongly believe that citizens should not be discriminated for any reason, including sexual orientation. The legitimacy of a family or a relationship should not be defined by the sexes or the people who construct it. Furthermore, the possibility of becoming a parent and offering a shelter to children should not be rejected based on fears and prejudices. A homosexual family can equally offer what a heterosexual family can, as many researches have proven. For example, researchers at the University of Melbourne in Australia say that “children of same-sex couples far better when it comes to physical health and social well-being than children in the general population”. As in this case, the mistake is generalization. We shouldn’t split families into homosexual or heterosexual, rather than how parents are and what do they do. For a child without parents, the question is not about the sexual orientation of a parent, it is about having parents or no parents.
In general, we have to put some faith in humanity and embrace the diversity that describes it. We are all different, but at the same time so similar. We get to be who we are and learn how to become better. Love is something that we get to share with who we want and no one should have the right to label or restrain it. Human rights are not for us to prioritize or delegate to who we think is “eligible”. For those who act as such, I would ask them, in the end aren’t we all equal?