The legalization of bisexual marriage is a constant reminder that more and more countries are contributing to battle the upsurge of homophobia. They are making strides to encourage people to celebrate their sexuality and practice them openly and indiscriminately.
Recently, Taiwan¡¯s parliament voted heavily in favor of same-sex marriages. But Taiwan isn¡¯t the first country who¡¯s done it. In 2017, it was Australia; before that Malta and Germany.
Chronological Record of Countries that Allow Bisexual Marriage
All-in-all, 27 countries have given the nod to bisexual marriages and more are following suit. These countries include:
- 1.Netherlands (2001)
- 2.Belgium (2003)
- 3.Canada (2005)
- 4.Spain (2005)
- 13.New Zealand(2013)
- 15.Brazil 2013
- 22.United States(2015)
Source: Business Insider
Bisexuality and the LGBT Community
Every individual has the right to exercise and experiment with his sexuality as he sees fit. But not everyone agrees. The B in LGBT that stands for bisexuals has always remained comparatively silent. A measly 20% bisexual¡¯s hold this belief that bisexuality is a prominent part of their identities. Research cited in the European agency of fundamental rights indicated that bisexuals are subject to higher levels of discrimination in a workplace than gay people. They were also less inclined to report incidences of abuse because they thought that no one would take them seriously. So, while many countries advocate the concept of bisexual marriages, it favors the more pronounced members of the LGBT community. Bisexual rights haven¡¯t been given the day of light they deserve.
The Bi Visibility day was one such initiative that addressed this problem. However, more needs to be done. Countries that are allowing bisexual marriages need to put forth legislation that is more inclusive of bisexuals.
Bisexual Marriages and their Complications
Research cited in Pubmed found out that Bisexual women in marriages experienced a diminishing sexual desire for their better halves. After marriage, they experienced a shift towards purely lesbian tendencies. According to this research, many women were unaware of their homosexuality before tying the knot. They married early and only found out later the extent of their inner sexual desires. Another research states that bisexual men in marriages experienced conflicts and difficulty dealing with open marriage paradigms. The legalization of bisexual marriage can pave the way for a better understanding of this dumbed down sexual lifestyle. It can help wrinkle out confusions and shed more light on what it means to be a bisexual. With inclusiveness, we can ensure the world is more tolerant of bisexuals and bisexual marriages.
Many LGBT organizations are fighting for the fundamental human rights of gay and transgender people. But is it enough? They should also focus their resources and influence to include bisexuals in their cause so no one is left out in this fight that has grave social and economic implications.