Human Rights and Homosexuality – Have we gone too far to turn back?

Our general existence in the current century is nothing more than a blessing to all who breathe and eat off mother earth, or simply, those covered by the world-wide umbrella so named “human rights”. Seen as a fundamental part of our being, human rights were created over a long stretch of time, in the plight to create “better environments that were more moral, happy and equal. Of course the world is a much better place than it probably would have been without such a component in effect: we are free to express our viewpoints, free to move pointlessly and repeatedly between states, or take a vacation to the lands once owned by different races, communicate with and interact with all races in both social and sexual ways, or in the language of the expensive diamond ring.

In this paradise we have so created for ourselves, we cannot completely consider implausible that we thought the human race was a stable population, with quite constant behavior, and the same needs, when we created and actively assumed right to apply the human rights we have created to the whole world. However, changes keep happening, and they need an adjustment to accommodate them. One such change is the existence of a homosexual society: gay and lesbian, as now named.

The gay and lesbian population is nothing but a population of the same human species that we are, and according to how we defined human rights, these people are also supposed to have these rights. They want to be accepted, loved, not segregated against, treated fairly and to be subject to a fair justice. This is what we promised everyone and we definitely have no right to deny them their rights for that way we break the whole core that has made such a human civilization as we possess now, that we have long tried to attain. Nelson Mandela, Rosa Parks, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther…the list goes on, shed blood and sweat for this freedom we possess, and owe to our entire population.

The question that should be somewhere in the back of our minds is: Was the acceptance of different sexual orientations one of the intentions when we established this morality backbone – our bill of rights?

Numerous times indeed, the above-mentioned activists constantly referred to sexual equality in public speeches and campaigns. It may be probable that they also intended to address the way we should treat homosexuals. But did they really? All along the fight for personal freedom there was no recorded law that accepted other sexual orientations apart from the mainstream heterosexuals, nor did they even need a law for that, for it was too obvious. Homosexuality, then, was seen as a problem brought about by a wrong upbringing – a condition that if given careful attention, could be easily resolved. Why were there no such laws governing homosexual equality? It is not implausible to think that not much attention was paid on it, therefore allowing for a possible limit to activists’ views on equality.

Then back to the initial question, was the acceptance of “gay and lesbian” as equal beings worthy of all human rights intended? Human rights have brought many benefits, a calm and peace of mind, to the world that we live in today, such that we find it hard to imagine their absence. Have we just gone too far with them and made them universal such that when we see a flaw, we have very little or no power to not grant rights to other people? Are we afraid that once we go against the supporting beam of our very co-existence, we will have no reason to believe that any of our past equalities we have fought for, were not worth fighting for? Race and religious equality for example.

But then again, looking at past experiences, most of the equalities we fought for have brought better tolerance and respect within our population, across different races, religions, cultures, sexes, and languages. What reasons do we have not to expect the same from a unified population of different sexual orientations? The acceptance of “gay and lesbian” might bring such a peace never seen before in our homelands: those who are ashamed of their orientation will feel more accepted in their own countries, and lovers that feel oppressed will act in freedom, feeling accepted and loved in the only planet which they may exist in, at the moment. After all, what kind of population will we be if we are are a population filled with divisions?