Will Gay Marriage Make Armenia a Happier Place to Live?

Today’s LA Times published an interesting article that asks, “Gay marriage: the key to happiness?

The legalization of gay marriage might make Californians happier. At least that’s what a new study based on surveys of 350,000 people in nearly 100 countries suggests.

…in their search to discover which countries are happier than others and why, these scholars…have stumbled on one pretty fundamental conclusion about what people want out of life: freedom.

Now, this is where it gets interesting:

…gays remain the least tolerated “outgroup” in society. They are the proverbial canaries in the coal mine. In most developed countries, the relative level of their acceptance or rejection is a sensitive indicator of that society’s overall tolerance toward minorities. And — here’s the takeaway — social tolerance “broadens the range of choices available to people,” thereby enhancing happiness for both the tolerant and the intolerant alike.

Sadly, Armenia is almost last in the rankings for happiness in the world and is there hope?

Are they saying that Armenians, who were next to last in the study’s happiness ranking, should immediately allow gays to marry in order to be happier? Not exactly.

The researchers have found that freedom of choice is not only a universal aspiration but the single most important basis of human happiness.

Of course, the argument is a little more complex than these few paragraphs, so I’d suggest reading it yourself…but in the end I have a feeling that Armenia as a whole will be much happier when gay marriages are accepted as equal to heterosexual marriages in Armenia 🙂

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In case the link doesn’t work, here‘s a PDF of the article.

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