Friday, 22 June 2012

gay marriage

So I don't get it - why the angst? Why the concern? Why shouldn't they be allowed to marry?

I have been married for twenty years - how does what two other people do affect this marriage? It doesn't. Not in the least. It doesn't diminish, demean or dilute my marriage in any way.

So why?

Why must this country say no to two people who wish to declare their love for each the same as many have been doing for centuries?

And no, I have no gay children, no gay relatives and yes a few friends but that is neither here nor there. It's a simple thing really. It is called equality. People, regardless of sexuality, should have the same choices, the very same choices as I have.

That is the point Ms. Gillard didn't seem to understand the other night on Q & A. She kept going on about her choice not to marry - but that's just it - her choice. Imagine how she might feel if the legal system said - sorry Ms. Gillard all West Bulldog supporters are not allowed to marry. You can still have a meaningful relationship - just not the same as everyone else. Would she understand then?

Choice. Everyone wants to have a choice. No one wants to be told what they can or cannot do as two consenting adults. And please, spare me the history lessons. Once upon a time women did not vote, only white people voted, Australia had a white policy and this land (apparently) was uninhabited. History is not the documentation of what is, it is the documentation of change.

Right now we have history staring us in the face and it is time to change, time to spread equality even further, time to forget our fears, prejudices or misunderstandings and agree that two adults, any two adults, should be allowed to choose marriage as an expression of their love for each other.

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