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Marriage Equality in Korea

July 28, 2015

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Ah the gay marriage debate. I’ll say it right here: Simon and I stand on the very clear side that everyone should be able to get married and it doesn’t matter if you’re straight or gay. I don’t understand why it is anyone’s business of who you love, and that extends to people from different ethnic backgrounds getting married! Asian, Black, Straight, Gay, European, American, who cares what you are as long as you treat each other well. Isn’t that the point of marriage and religion? Treating each other as we would want to be treated? Treating each other in a kind and loving way?

I understand that people think that there are religious reasons for not accepting marriage, but it shouldn’t be their business to decide what people want to do with their own lives. Not to mention, no one seems to focus on the amount of straight couples that get married and get divorced. And considering the amount of babies abandoned in Korea, it would be fantastic if lovingly gay couples who might really want to adopt could do that. I see that as a win-win situation if a couple who are in love and happy together could raise a child in a positive environment. I see that as a much better situation than a child begin raised in a situation where two people are fighting all the time and angry but hey, at least they are straight. That doesn’t make sense to me! Who cares if you’re straight or gay, what about caring about positive love?

So that’s our take on gay marriage. I agree totally with the girls at the end, I wish it would get to the point where marriage is simply called marriage. There is no gay or straight, it’s just marriage.

So what is gay marriage like in your country? Is it accepted or not accepted? Let us know!

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  1. I live in Washington state and was happy we voted marriage equality in…some states were court ordered. Now high court has ruled so legal everywhere. We certainly have things to work on and some folks opinion won’t change but good start.

    2 years ago
  2. I’m really confused about adoption and your views. On past posts you seemed to think it was pretty awful how little real choice the parents had to place a child in care to be adopted. Now you want the solution to be adoption?

    2 years ago
  3. I’m a half korean half american (Mom’s Korean Dad’s American) and I’m gay. My parents are divorced but when I started to come out I was afraid of coming out to my mother because she’s from Korea and I know how a lot of people’s opinions on homosexuality in Korea. So naturally I told my father first and my step mom and step sisters and they were completely okay with it and supported me through everything. And then I told my mother and her boyfriend and to my surprise, they were completely okay with it too! I was so happy. I’ve honestly never met many Koreans of the older generation that have supported homosexuality and to here my mom that she’s completely okay with it, was so reassuring. And she even cried (tears of joy) as we watched the news and heard about it getting legalized nation-wide in america!

    2 years ago
  4. I am so so happy that it was finally legalized in America. I also heard that right before we legalized it, Mexico legalized gay marriage as well!! North America seems to be on the right track.

    It’s scary though in the US still. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits workplace discrimination based on religion, national origin, race, color, or sex– but it does NOT include sexual orientation. In several states across the nation, you could lose your job, or your apartment, etc just because you are gay. (source: http://www.eeoc.gov/facts/fs-relig_ethnic.html). Until we get sexual orientation added into more of the basic protections that the civil rights act and other government acts, we have a long way to go.

    I don’t really know how it is in Korea, the one guy had a good point- they’ve been doing things a certain way for so long, it’s hard for them to change. They’re so homogeneous, they don’t allow outside sources to really stir up the pot like in the US and possibly other countries. We have to hope that the very connected younger generations keep on pushing for this equality, that’s how it happened in the US!

    I am hoping for the best in SKorea and all over the world.

    2 years ago
  5. Of course I support gay marriage, but it doesn’t really feel like an issue here (Canada) because it’s been legal forever (2003). Discussion is happening now because of news down south.
    I’ve recently been reading the disparaging news of anti-gay protests in SK. While it may be discouraging that such hateful speech is gaining attention, I like to think it’s a sign that the LGBT community in Korea is gaining recognition. Now a larger part of society. As Korean LGBT’s gain courage and popularity, and are encouraged by those overseas, Korea will surely begin taking steps towards marriage equality.
    Hopeful and Optimistic.

    2 years ago
  6. Female. Straight. Christian. American.
    Do I support gay marriage? Who cares? Personally, I think that it doesn’t matter if you support gay marriage or not. It doesn’t matter if you think it is right or wrong. It doesn’t even matter if you think homosexuality is okay or not okay. People should have the freedom to make their own life choices. Whatever those choices are. Not just talking about gay marriage either, any choices in life. No one has the right to judge another person’s ways.

    2 years ago
  7. I am Bisexual and a Canadian American. (Mum is Canadian. Dad is American.) My mum is very religious and my dad thinks gay people are not “normal”, though he claims to support marriage equality. They don’t know I’m Bi. Anyway, I believe that the reason people don’t accept homosexual people is due to ignorance and fear. People fear what they don’t understand. Homophobia is not the fear of gay people, it’s the fear that you, yourself, might be gay. A lot of these people are saying that they think Koreans are afraid to come out because they don’t want people to think badly of them, but what they don’t realize is that THERE IS NOTHING BAD ABOUT BEING GAY! Those girls near the end made a fair point: homosexual activity used to be normal in ancient Mediterranean cultures. Some famous philosopher (I can’t recall which) was considered very strange because he only wanted to bang women. Everyone else was like “Why don’t you want to take a male lover, too?” Once we can educate people and wash away the ignorance, the fear will soon follow, and then equality can truly begin. Cheers to all those who bravely supported it in the Speakers Corner!

    2 years ago
  8. I’m a straight, Asian American, Christian female, and I absolutely loathe conservative arguments against gay marriage. Marriage is a personal milestone in people’s lives, no matter if they are straight, homosexual, black, white, yellow, etc., and I don’t see why the government should have any say about it. I also think the Church’s arguments against it reflects the “Christian” argument conservatives used to use to oppose interracial marriage in America, and look how that turned out. Time is on pro-marriage equality’s side, and anti-gay marriage supporters need to take a reality check.

    2 years ago
  9. In Spain is legal and i think quite normal, so its easier if you are gay here ;) Anyone should be able to marry whoever they love!

    2 years ago
  10. I live in America where it’s legal! However being a first generation asian american my family is another story. In fact I have a family member that is gay, I was one of the first family members that he came out to. The thing is he will most likely never tell this fact to most of our family, much less his and my grandmother. It makes me sad just to think about it. I know that it would be hard for for the older generations to understand and accept this but I hope that with my generation and maybe even the younger ones from the generation older than mine, we will become more open minded about this!

    2 years ago
  11. Yeah, marriage equality is progressing embarrassingly slowly in Australia. It is going in the right direction though. All major political parties have supporters in their ranks. It will just take time and continuing to fight the good fight.

    2 years ago
  12. Hello there! I’m from Russia. We have gays, it’s not illegal, but the marriages are out of the question. Most people are religious and conservative. We also have a strange anti-gay law which forbids gay propaganda (?) among teenagers and rises social inadequacy in the perception of homosexualism on the whole.
    But personally I don’t care what’s happening in somebody else’s bedroom (as long as it doesn’t interrupt my sleep :)) And I’m for gay marriages. If the constitution declares equality for everyone, why should gays be treated inequally? Nevertheless, despite the common resentment, we have gay couples with adopted children, most of them are female but I’ve known a male one. Single women can adopt children from orphanages, but men can’t. So, having a child is quite tricky, if you both are men. For instance, my friends had to use a surrogate mother and one of them is the biological father of their daughter.

    2 years ago
  13. I was pretty ecstatic when gay marriage was legalized in the US for everyone. I think we don’t really have a right to prevent others from getting married if they want to. In the end I think it comes down to double standards. You wouldn’t prevent a straight couple from marrying, so why should you try to prevent a gay couple from doing the same? I see a lot of people complaining about “PDA” but it’s not like only gay couples hold hands or only gay couples kiss in public. In fact, in my experience, I feel like straight couples are more open than gay couples with their touching and affection, etc. Basically there’s no good argument against gay marriage so I support it wholly.

    2 years ago
    • DD

      I wrote about loud noise and PDA thing because it happens without gender issue.

      2 years ago
  14. DD

    Yeah! Self-celebration for my first comment at this pose! Hope I can grab this after writing this comment.
    About gay marriage, I decide to not discuss about whether agree or disagree the LGBT marriage because it is their private life. It is not allowed to me whether it is proper or not. But it is probably very sad if my precious relationship can’t be told to my relatives. Unless they are doing such a loud love time beside of my room, this is my previous roommate, and not concerning P.D.A. at public space, this is my classmate, I really don’t care.
    I mean, I’m single. While LGBT people and straight people screaming about marriage, I’m a single. Just let them marry and leave me alone….

    2 years ago