Letters | Hong Kong society still not fully ready for same-sex marriage
What concerns most people, I believe, are the changes same-sex marriage will bring to other laws or policies affecting people’s way of life. There are still a lot of questions about what views on child adoption, religious freedom and so on the LGBT rights activists have. Quelling these doubts and making some compromise could attract more support from fence-sitters, while bearing in mind there may be red lines that our society is not ready to cross yet.
One may say this is why we should have better sex education, to teach our kids about sexual equality. But then for how many years have we taught our children not to tease others for disability or obesity, and still these scenes play out at schoolyards every single day? We have to be practical and not merely take the moral high ground.
Another red line is religious freedom, especially because the discussion of same-sex marriage often comes in tandem with that of an anti-discrimination law. We have a lot of Christians and Christian schools in the city. In church, we Christians are taught homosexuality is a sin. Can churches still say the same thing if there is an anti-discrimination law? Religious groups fear they will not be able to teach what is in the gospel like before.
Same-sex marriage is not just about a legal certificate recognising the marital status of two people. It comes with a package of issues that our society still has divided views on. We have heard a lot about the views of the LGBT community on same-sex marriage, but we have not heard that much about their views on other related social issues.
Anson Chan, North Point