Freedom and equality are two most important concepts for the contemporary society. From the constitutional standpoint equality means – equal rights and opportunities under the just rule of law. Freedom on the other hand is a doctrine that in the first place refers to the liberty of action and speech under the rule of law. For the democratic society, the balance between the two doctrines is one of the foundational principles of the statecraft. One of the acutest questions in both – the developing societies and strong democratic states – is the question of the LGBT rights and freedoms. Particularly here stands the question of the right of the LGBT couples to get married and raise children. The fight if the LGBT people for their rights always move together with the establishment of the democratic societies. This is especially so, since the LGBT rights touch upon the issues of the freedom of expression, the right to the marriage, inheritance and personal security. In this way, the two core doctrines indeed should work together – freedom and equality – to ensure the prospect of a truly democratic society. By implementing into practice the idea of equality in its pure sense – the governments strive to secure the freedoms of the LGBT community.
In the post-socialist societies, the situation with the practice of equality particularly in the situation with the rights of LGBT people is especially dire. On the governmental level, the need to ensure the equal opportunities for both LGBT and heteronormative families does not seem to be on the agenda. This way the discrepancy between the declarations of freedom and practice of equality is especially strong.
So, the case of the LGBT rights is one of the bright examples when the freedom and equality coincide. It is exactly the implementation of equality on the level of practice, which makes it possible for individuals in the society to be free. This example reflects processes, which have been going on in the societies throughout history – from the abolition of slavery to the fight for women's rights. In each of these examples, only the practice of equality could finally ensure the freedom of individuals.
Freedom and equality are two most important concepts for the contemporary society. From the constitutional standpoint equality means – equal rights and opportunities under the just rule of law. Freedom on the other hand is a doctrine that in the first place refers to the liberty of action and speech under the rule of law.