Well, same-sex marriage is legal in the US. This is amazing, obviously, but the way that the rest of the world interacts with the US, and how Asia does especially, plays a critical role in how globalization affects local issues and economies.
The US has not been leading the world in terms of LGBT rights by any means, but this recent step forward does mean forward progress, not just for the United States, but for the rest of the world as well. This ruling has been cited by the Philippines, whose activists and advocates are suggesting that the change in legality will now make a stronger case for LGBT rights to become more main stream in the Philippines and elsewhere.
The same holds true for South Korea, where gay human rights lawyer and activist Han Ga-Ram has expressed that the push forward in the United States now makes it impossible for South Korean politicians to dodge the issue any longer.
Thailand has recently drafted a new constitution in the last year that works to protect the LGBT community, and it suggested by activists that the work done in the US will ultimately affect how this law plays out and moves forward.
The hope for legalization and decriminalization has spread over the last few years throughout Asia, and ultimately, tradition rooted in familial ties and culture plays a massive role in how LGBT rights will move forward. Due to the differentiation in climate based on past colonialism in South and South East Asia, as well as modern involvement by the west in Middle East conflicts, it is difficult to say how LGBT rights will move forward in a pan-Asian perspective. But the fact that the Supreme Court decision in the United States is inspiring hope abroad among activists means that the spark of change is deeply rooted, and that this will come in time.
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Mehek Naresh is an Indian American lesbian, living and working in Florida after recently graduating with a Bachelors in Political Science. Her hobbies seeking out small talk with cashiers, reading, and spending more time staring at tumblr than she’d care to admit.