One day there will be a war sparked by Gay Rights. It may seem like a bit of a distant concept, but I believe that one day Western powers will intervene in countries where gay people are persecuted and not just by imposing sanctions or halting aid. Eventually the West will respond to atrocities against the LGBT in the same way they would toward atrocities against racial groups and, while that seems only equal and fair, is that something we really want?
Political pressure was immediately inflicted on Uganda recently once new discriminatory laws were introduced against gay people. For a time, the international community seemed poised to pose more than just diplomatic and financial sanctions on the country, whose stance on homosexuality had become even more punitive and cruel than they had been before. Despite their press naming and shaming gay people though, with mobs lynching the exposed people and the government turning a blind eye, the West’s interest has stalled at outraged distance. With Gay Rights still a contentious issue inside First World countries, it would appear they’re not ready to fully – and militarily - stand up for them elsewhere just yet. But I have faith that eventually that day will come. While gay soldiers, enlisted quite indiscriminately to fight the Nazis, returned after World War Two to countries that didn’t protect their own human rights, this is not the case anymore.
With the emergence of any social reform comes the idealism that the benefits of that change will be felt beyond the limits of its remit. With increasing liberality, we would hope that altruism, peace and equality is extended beyond the limit of whomever it is afforded to. Gay Rights became an issue that was planed down to the politics of love, with the “love is love” mantra now the cornerstone in any real debate about equality. So should we go to war for the defence of love? Well, could there be any worthier cause? Love is the foundation on which society is built, whether that’s between lovers, families or neighbours alike, so when that foundation is compromised it becomes our duty to repair it. Of course we can debate “in an ideal world there would be no war”, but we don’t live in ideal world and we never will do, so as long as war exists, its cause must always be noble.