Carly Harsha | Opinion Editor
As of early 2014, there were 10 countries where a homosexual person may be punished by death.
In mid-January, Nigeria’s president signed a law which bans not only same-sex marriage, but also gay groups and public displays of homosexuality.
Reuben Abati, Nigerian presidential spokesman, recently said that “more than 90 percent of Nigerians are opposed to same-sex marriage. So, the law is in line with our cultural and religious beliefs as a people.”
There are at least 30 African countries where homosexuality is illegal and harsh punishment or imprisonment are enforced.
A province in Indonesia recently passed a law that punishes homosexuals. The punishment is either 100 months in jail, a fine of around 1,000 grams of gold or 100 lashes.
The idea of having a completely tolerant world is beyond far into the future. There are still too many intolerant countries to even consider this prospect within the next 100 years.
In retrospect, some countries and organizations are breaking bounds with their new, innovative laws.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints leaders recently announced, in a rare press conference, that they will support anti-discrimination laws toward LGBT (lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transexuals) people.
But, in return, they are calling for the equal respect for the rights of religious people.
On the first day of 2015, Vietnam repealed their anti-gay marriage law.
Although the government will not recognize these marriages, participants do not have to worry about getting fined or jailed.
This is a monumental step for Southeast Asia and all of Asia in general. Fifty years ago, this would have never even been considered. Now they are one step closer.
The Prime Minister of Ireland, Enda Kenny, has said that the concept of same-sex marriage legalization will be put to public referendum in May.
It is estimated that three-fourths of the country will vote in favor of the law.
A study in 2012 outlined the role that parents play in the formation of sexual orentation and homophobic views.
“In many cases these [homophobic] people are at war with themselves, and they are turning this internal conflict outward,” said study co-author Dr. Richard Ryan, professor of psychology at the University of Rochester.
In fact, multiple studies have shown that the people who hold the harshest homophobic views might actually be hiding long withheld attraction to their same sex.
Slowly but surely, the world is changing. There will always be ignorant and uninformed people, but it is hopeful that the views of society are beginning to change.
This might take months, years, or even a few decades.
But, it is hopeful that as this generation continues to gain new voters, new laws will continue to emerge.