In the United States, there has been a change in the way people perceive gay rights. There has a been an upward shift in the amount of people willing to socially accept gay and lesbian couples, however, there are still laws in many states that prohibit same-sex marriage.
It seems as though the laws are behind with the times and this can be a very frustrating reality to face for same-sex couples who seek a basic human right—to marry their loved one.
On March 23, Vice President Joseph Biden Jr. brought up many interesting points about this issue at the Human Rights Campaign Los Angeles Gala.
The New York Times covers the Vice President’s pro gay rights case and notes that he recognizes that we still have a long way to go to gain equality for all. Biden even criticizes the fact that this is even an issue in today’s society, “Imagine, imagine, 20 years from now, as America looked back and say how in the hell could that have ever been allowed?”
I relate that idea with events such as the Holocaust, Slavery, and Women’s’ Rights. And because we have come such a long way with those problems of inequality in the past, I believe that is possible to change the opinions of those who were raised to think that the banning of same-sex marriage is acceptable.
Biden not only mentions how progress must be made in the U.S, but internationally, as well. He reminds us of Russia’s federal law that bans “homosexual propaganda.”
I recently saw a Canadian commercial that responded incredibly to Russia’s law. (Watch it, it’s worth it)
Satirical humor has a way of allowing people to see how closed-minded their original opinions actually are. I think this video did an excellent job at capturing the absurdity of Russia’s law, while keeping it light and funny.
Support from the elite (politicians and celebrities) and adding a satirical stance on issue will help society move forward with this issue—nationally and abroad.