Same-Sex Marriage: Yes or No?


“Why is it that, as a culture, we are more comfortable seeing two men holding guns than holding hands?”

~Ernest Gaines

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.

2 comments on “Same-Sex Marriage: Yes or No?

  1. Homosexuality and same-sex marriage is an important issue not only to the gay community but for the (lesbians, gay, bisexual, and transsexual) LGBT community.
    You are right on the spot on saying that to further improve the conveyance of its message, two maps should be made: one for legality of same sex marriage and the illegality of homosexuality. They are, of course, two different things.
    A section should probably be added on the spatial distribution of homosexuality in the African and Asian Region. You left me hanging there. What is noticeable? What spatial distribution?
    Overall, the choice of map, substance and relevance, and writing style left me more questions, which is good. The entry made me think more on the issues you have raised. This is what a geographer should keep on doing- raised questions and tries to find answers. Good luck!

  2. First of all, thank you Sir Joseph for spending time reading our entries. 🙂 I definitely agree that there should be 2 different maps for the legality and illegality of homosexuality.

    with regards to the section on the Asian and African region, i am very sorry for not adding additional information about these areas. I think that I should have probably added additional information about those areas because i cited those areas in the essay.

    i really appreciate the comments sir. 🙂 I hope that I can be an effective geographer someday and I will definitely raise important questions about the problems in the society and find answers for these problems. Thank You Sir!

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