“Why is it that, as a culture, we are more comfortable seeing two men holding guns than holding hands?”
Homosexuality and Same-Sex Marriage has always been an important issue for the gay community. It poses a lot of issues like human rights, religion and even the issue on the legality of homosexuality. The map was done by a user in Wikipedia and was used by Michael Ramirez in explaining important issues about homosexuality and marriage in the spatial context.
The map shows the views of nations and states when it comes to the issue of homosexuality and same-sex marriage. It shows the global distribution of the legality of homosexuality. It also shows the distribution of countries allowing same-sex marriage, states recognizing same-sex marriage and states and countries that do not recognize same-sex marriage. The legality of same-sex marriage is very evident in the United States of America and some countries in Europe. However, there is also an evident spatial distribution in which homosexuality is considered as a crime. It is very noticeable in the African and Asian region.
The target audience of the map is the general public, government officials and legislators. The map conveys a lot of information which can be used in promoting gay rights in different countries. With the use of the map, regulations and laws can be made to promote gay rights especially the legality of same-sex marriage and homosexuality.
The objectives of the map to convey information was not successfully done because it lacks information. The map should include the sources used in the map-making process. Also, the map can be further improved by separating the maps for the legality of same-sex marriage and the illegality of homosexuality because these are two important issues and cannot be easily overlayed into a single map.