It was the tale of two weddings. On Tuesday, two gay rights activists made history when they became the first couple to tie the knot in Argentina.
Meanwhile in Malawi, Tiwonge Chimbalanga and Steven Monjeza were also married in a traditional ceremony. They were arrested and charged with gross public indecency.
Bruno Cabral, a 42-year old civil engineer from Buenos Aires said that gay marriage a step too far, while posters have plastered around the city lambast the politician who allowed the marriage to take place. The gay Ugandan blogger writes: I cannot fathom how a commitment to love one another, between two consenting adult human beings is so upsetting that we need to be arrested because we did so.
So what is it about gay marriage that is so divisive? Are the symbolic and cultural resonance of marriage something that gay couples shouldn’t the entitled to? Do you agree with the bajan blogger who argues that supporters of gay marriage have to answer the charge that they always want “more” and will only be satisfied with an equality which certification cannot give?”
Is gay marriage a step too far?
A couple of articles came up during the broadcast that you might like to look at, the column by Errol Louis in the New York Daily News and the article about a study on lesbians as possibly better parents than heterosexual couples.