Same-sex marriages will be conducted in the United Kingdom from 29th March 2014. Couples wishing to be married on this date are required to give formal notice of their intention by 13th March.
Equalities Minister Maria Miller said “Marriage is one of our most important institutions, and from 29 March 2014 it will be open to everyone, irrespective of whether they fall in love with someone of the same sex or opposite sex.”
Ironically, the date also coincides with the birthday of Lord Tebbit, a conservative member of the House of Lords who is infamous for his strong opposition to LGBT rights. He voted against legislation for same-sex marriage, civil unions, gender reassignment and protection against sexual orientation discrimination.
Yet to be set is the date when couples can convert their civil partnership to marriage. However, the government have said it will be by the end of 2014.
thegayfacts.com is something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time. I’ve decided to create this website to make up for what I believe other LGBT support sites lack – science!
I’ve found myself surprised that the science of homosexuality is rarely mentioned because it is fascinating. It is also very grounding. Homosexuality has yet to be fully explained – it’s still a bit of a mystery. This can make being LGBT or having an LGBT family member or friend confusing, and unfortunately sometimes distressing.
However, this doesn’t mean we know nothing about the subject. Infact, we know a fair bit – atleast enough to know that homosexuality is highly unlikely to be a choice, that differences in biology are from birth and that there’s even evidence for it being a useful behaviour that evolution has selected for. The prevalence of homosexuality is high enough that it cannot be explained by saying ‘something has gone wrong’. Instead it suggests an underlying benefit that causes homosexuality to persist in human populations. It’s also nothing new – the history of homosexuality dates back thousands of years and is also found in hundreds of other animals species.
I plan to cover various aspects of homosexuality such as; demographics, biology, evolution, global gay rights and perhaps even religion. This will require researching scientific literature so it’ll be some time before this content is complete – hopefully my recent biology degree has equipped me with the ability to do this! I’d also like to try my hand at creating info-graphics as they’re a great way of presenting information. So bear in mind that everything is a work in progress and it’s a one man project. Any feedback will be gladly received – there’s a handy form at the end of this post.
To put it simply, everyone needs to know the gay facts. I hope that this website will provide a reliable source of information to anyone out there who wants to truly know about homosexuality.
Knowledge is power and together we can rid the world of prejudice.