Same Sex Marriage and Human Rights

I hear people say the statement, “same sex marriage should be legal if the two people love each other” I always think, Yes as its a human right and also no because even if they don’t love each other they still have the right to get married; since when is proof of love a contingent requirement for heterosexual couples to get married?   Hell, america allows arranged marriage and knows there is forced marriages but cares most about stopping homosexual marriage?   The US State Department tentatively, acknowledged the problem of forced marriage as “one entered into without full consent and under duress where the individual has no right to choose a partner or ability to say no.” The question is what to do about it, especially since the United States has 50 different policies for seeking services, getting protection orders and consenting to matrimony. Forced marriage is an increasingly hidden issue in this country.   Heather M. Heiman, project manager of the Forced Marriage Initiative states, “But it isn’t new. We have the term shotgun wedding. Where do you think that comes from?” To shed light on the issue, Heiman’ group launched an investigation – the findings were released in 2012 – that queried providers of legal services, educators, community organizations, and social service and health care agencies about their clients. “We used the snowball method and got responses from 47 states and Guam. What we found is that forced marriages occur everywhere, hitting people of all social classes and ethnic and religious backgrounds.”   Forced Marriage Protection Orders elsewhere have proved life-saving for women. First and foremost,...

Out of Africa? Yes, but we still have things to learn.

60,000 Years Ago – Lake Mungo (Australia) found mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) from 10 fossils, including a 60,000 year-old-man. This sequence is so primitive that it raises questions some believed recent African origin for humans showing we may need to rethink how we came to be modern humans, such as multiregionalism, a theory which suggests that people coming from Africa interbred with earlier humans already living in various parts of the Old World, because the leading model “Out of Africa” holds that our ancestors first arose in Africa, then spread throughout the world perhaps 100,000 years ago but it may have been earlier and subsequent later humans mixed with the more primitive humans leading to us. Though genetic evidence has been the cornerstone of the recent African origins hypothesis, molecular evidence also provides grounds to challenge it. For example, upon reanalysis the molecular evidence indicates that Africa was not the sole source of mtDNA in modern humans. In addition, because both theories propose African origins for the human line, molecular data could be interpreted as evidence supporting the African origins of the genus Homo, rat her than the more recent species Homo sapiens. Both models place ultimate human origins firmly in Africa. Other assumptions made by DNA analysis are problematic. For example, it is assumed that rates of mutation are steady, when in fact they can be notoriously uneven. Another assumption is that mtDNA is not subject to selection, when in fact variants have been implicated in epilepsy and in a disease of the eye.’ Another issue is that DNA is seen as traveling exclusively from Africa, when it is...