Does same-sex marriage have any merits for society?

Currently, several countries recognize same-sex marriage. In these countries, when one person from a same-sex married couple moves to Japan due to work, their spouse cannot accompany them to Japan by obtaining a spouse visa. Thus, same-sex couples refusing to take work assignments in Japan are increasing and becoming an issue. The Japanese government is working to attract non-Japanese nationals who have advanced knowledge and skills in order to revitalize the economy. Accordingly, if the Japanese government allows spouses of non-Japanese, same-sex couples to reside in Japan, then same-sex couples can come to Japan with peace of mind and contribute to the Japanese economy.

Additionally, many Japanese who have same-sex partners from different countries chose to relocate to their partner’s country, where same-sex marriage is recognized. This trend can be defined as one factor that contributes to Japan’s declining population.

In countries where same-sex marriages are not recognized, the relationship between couples of the same-sex can be unstable. Also, since same-sex couples cannot become pregnant through intercourse, many couples fail to utilize safer-sex measures. Thus, there is a history of a higher rate of sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV among people attracted to the same-sex. If same-sex marriage is recognized, this recognition can provide same-sex couples with a foundation for more stable relationships, similar to heterosexual couples. Also, more same-sex couples can lead lives where they take more responsibility towards each other’s health and well-being.

National government systems should enhance the efficiency of its available resources.  Aligned with this objective, the institution of marriage acts as a system where two people vow to be in a committed, stable relationship over the long term, and if divorce occurs, married couples predetermine how assets and earnings will be divided. Therefore, the institution of marriage can be described as a system that improves the stability and productivity of the household and society, and countries that recognize same-sex marriage are further improving upon the productivity of society as a whole.

Also, in countries where same-sex marriage is recognized, there are examples where the wedding industry was revitalized.

Most importantly, recognizing same-sex marriages will allow same-sex couples to attain equality under the law and be officially acknowledged. These actions will help eliminate prejudice and discrimination in society towards sexual minorities, which comprise over five percent of the world’s population. Finally, sexual minorities will be able to maintain their personal dignity and live in a society where they feel protected.