Kissing, smiling, cutting the cake. The video below captures what appears to be old footage of couples getting married back in the day.
But there's a twist. These aren't actually anyone's memories, because these weddings never happened. These people never celebrated their love in front of their family and friends, because same-sex marriages were not legal for them.
"This is our tribute to all those in the past who were never allowed to marry by law — and to everyone who is still denied the right today." explains PFLAG Canada, a national non-profit advocating for LGBT rights, on their YouTube channel.
With Ireland voting in favor of same-sex marriages just last week, there are only 19 countries — out of 196 — in the world that currently allow gay couples to marry nationwide. Besides Ireland, these countriesare Belgium, Netherlands, Spain, Canada, South Africa, Norway, Sweden, Portugal, Iceland, Argentina, Denmark, France, Brazil, Uruguay, New Zealand, Britain, Luxembourg and Finland.
"That's only 9% - meaning that for 91% of the world's citizens, not everyone is legally allowed to marry the person that they love," explains PFLAG Canada's petition on change.org.
Sadly these memories were never made. But we can make sure that future ones are. You can sign the petition on change.org to support the cause or share your own, or your friends' love stories with the #LoveMadeLegal hashtag.
Love should be legal.
And all of these memories should be made.
In every country around the world.
How many memories are we missing out on?
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