People often say that the reason things shouldn't change is due to tradition. A lot of weight is put behind the idea that people should do as they have always done, because the tried and tested formula is a safer way of behaving than taking a stab in the dark. But when the lightbulb was invented, people didn't decide to stick with lighting their homes with candles and oil lamps because of the previous "tradition" of doing so. Do people still buy physical encyclopaedias when they have the internet at their fingertips, because tradition says they should? Of course they don't. People, society, technology and life in general is permanently driving itself toward bettering itself. From the Industrial Revolution onwards, society has been looking for ways to make life easier and happier for everyone. Change has come slowly, often diametrically opposed with ideas of what should and shouldn't be done, but in the end, progress has always prevailed.
Today sees the celebration of the first same sex weddings in the UK. As couples up and down the country say their vows and affirm their love for one another in legal marriage ceremonies, it astounds me that people have been so opposed to it for so long. Marriage is the happiest of occasions, sometimes even the highlight of someone's entire life - how could we have denied it to a whole segment of society until now? Quibbling over the finer points of whether gay people should ascribe to a straight "normality" is pointless - hundreds of thousands of people want to get married and have their relationships recognised by society and the state. And at last, just as their parents and all the generations of their families before them were able to celebrate their love for their partners, these people are able to as well, equally. How could that be a bad thing, in any way?
The Anti-Apartheid Movement had such weight because it fought against institutionalised prejudices that had been quashed elsewhere in the world decades before. I only hope that as the UK and other world powers stride toward the complete destruction of homophobia and prejudice that eventually we will have that knock-on effect around the world. The homophobic laws just introduced in Uganda are exactly the type of laws the international community should be intervening against and one day, we will. The louder our support of gay issues in the UK is, the more likely it is that we will fight homophobia around the world. Eventually, probably a century from now, gay people everywhere will marry their partners and live happily assimiliated into society (whatever that may be). To everyone who finds that idea strange or uncomfortable, I just want you to ask yourself how you feel about people of other ethnicities sharing the same rights here as supposed "native" Britons. You believe that's right and correct, don't you? If you believe in fairness and equality, you believe in equal marriage, whether you like it or not.