- Countries around the world are legalising same-sex unions, should we follow in their footsteps?
- Take a look at what ‘Young Post’ readers have to say
Yes, same-sex marriage should be legal in Hong Kong. Many countries have legalised same-sex marriage in recent years, like Taiwan last year and Costa Rica just a few days ago. It is 2020 and we should not be biased against gay people. Everyone should have a right to choose their lifetime partner, regardless of their gender.
Wing Mok, 15, St Paul’s Convent School
Definitely not. Same-sex marriage is neither ethical nor scientific; it is against human nature. We should not discriminate against gay people, but that doesn’t mean that we can allow them to ruin society or make us act against common sense.
Anna Wong, 15, Chiu Lut Sau Memorial Secondary School
Science has proved that homosexuality is a normal and natural variation in human behaviour. An excellent example would be the relationship between the male penguin couple, Roy and Silo, at New York’s Central Park Zoo.
What’s more, the legalisation of same-sex marriage would help to combat the population explosion. Same-sex couples can adopt children rather than add to the global population.
I do respect traditions, but religion is not always a reliable reason to support an idea. It does not have scientific backing.
Anonymous, 14, King George V School
Same-sex marriage should be legal in Hong Kong. Sadly, homosexuality is still not as openly accepted in Hong Kong as it is in Western countries. It is hard for a Chinese society to accept homosexuality, but the most outspoken voices against same-sex marriage come from religions.
As a Catholic, I understand the importance of upholding certain traditions and values. But some of these are outdated. Marriage should not only be between men and women. Gay couples, too, should have the same rights.
Joanne Yau, 15, St Paul’s Convent School
It should definitely be legal. We are the younger generation and we should strive for equality and fairness in society. Young people should support equal rights for all. Same-sex couples should have access to the same rights and benefits as heterosexual couples.
Jasmyn Wong, 16, Sha Tin College
No, same-sex marriage should not be legal in Hong Kong. Gay rights should be respected, but marriage is considered to be holy and deserving respect, especially because it has a connection with God. Although gay people should have equal rights as everyone else, same-sex marriage should not be legal. We need to uphold the fundamental values of our society.
Isabelle Leung, 15, St Paul’s Convent School
Yes, same-sex marriage should be legal. Nevertheless, it is crucial to be aware of the fact that such legislation involves a lot more than just the couple or their marriage.
In addition to discrimination and criticism from society, gay marriage faces several social welfare issues. For instance, in many countries, children in same-sex families cannot enjoy the same benefits as children of heterosexual couples because they are often adopted.
While I support gender equality and the freedom to marry who you love, Hong Kong has a long way to go in terms of its legislation and welfare for same-sex marriage.
Hanna Ho, 15, St Paul’s Convent School