FREEDOM TO LOVE

1. The online community, especially in the USA, is very excited over the Supreme Court ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) – where a portion of the Act (Section 3) was ruled unconstitutional.

2. DOMA (in conjunction with various other statutes) had also effectively barred same-sex married couples from being recognized as ‘spouses’ for purposes of federal laws, or receiving federal marriage benefits. This ruling is not only a major development for the Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgender (LGBT) community of the USA, but also for advocates of marriage equality in the USA.

3. Same-sex marriage is legal in some countries of the world. And there exist prominent politicians around the world who support same-sex marriage and advocate LGBT rights, and they are Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton (who said LGBT rights are also human rights) and even Kevin Rudd, who had in a long blogpost in May, accounted how he struggled with his thoughts and eventually supports same-sex marriage.

4. Singapore, like other countries, also have its own LGBT community, and like it or not, they are part of our very society, and in all and various walks of life. In Singapore, we are not talking about same sex marriage or marriage equality. What we have been seeing since 2009, is the annual PinkDot gathering at Hong Lim Park to support the freedom of each and every individual’s freedom to love.

5. Support the Freedom to Love! People interact with each other and will naturally develop feelings for each other – be it feelings of kinship, feelings of friendship, or even a step further as feelings of love. So there should be nothing too unnatural about the freedom of people to love. And they will be having another gathering this evening, and those who are keen, they can show their support.

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