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Greens move first on gay marriage

By johnboy 15 November 2011 70

At the start of the month there was much excitement about a minor change to the ways the Commonwealth can over ride the laws of this Territory.

While in theory it was about self determination it was mostly about gay marriage and euthanasia (with possibly some drug law reform if we ever get a government that isn’t gutless).

Today the other shoe has dropped with the Greens’ Shane Rattenbury getting gay marriage started again.

ACT Greens Attorney General spokesperson, Shane Rattenbury MLA, will table the motion which calls on Federal Parliament to amend Commonwealth laws to allow all couples to marry.

“The time has come for federal politicians to amend the Marriage Act to give all loving couples the chance to marry, regardless of sexuality,” Mr Rattenbury said.

“Most Australians agree that creating equal marriage is the right thing to do. Poll after poll shows this.

“Creating equal marriage would remove discrimination from the law and help Australia to foster greater acceptance of all couples in committed relationships, regardless of sexuality. In turn, this would reduce the aggression and violence that some people deal with.

“The best place for equal marriage law is at the Federal level so that the same scheme can apply in all States and Territories.

“I believe the ACT Assembly can send a clear message that this jurisdiction wants the Federal Parliament to change the laws. I am hopeful we will pass the motion and add this Parliament’s voice to the ongoing community campaign.

This follows Julia Gillard this morning announcing a conscience vote for her side of politics.

UPDATE: Hot on their heels Andrew Barr has announced his push in the Labor conference, and he’s not after some mealy mouthed conscience vote:

The Australian Rainbow Labor Network is calling on Labor national conference delegates to be on the right side of history and support a change to Labor’s national platform that will deliver marriage equality.

Rainbow Labor spokespersons, WA Senator Louise Pratt and ACT Deputy Chief Minister Andrew Barr said, “Rainbow Labor believes there needs to be a positive change for marriage equality in Labor’s national platform and we will continue our campaign for this change.”

“Rainbow Labor remains firmly of the view that matters of equality should not be the subject of a conscience vote,” Mr Barr said.

Labor has historically only permitted conscience votes on questions of life and death such as abortion and euthanasia.

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dungfungus 10:59 am 16 Nov 11

Mysteryman said :

dungfungus said :

The ACT Greens should stick to matters involving the ACT alon. They were not elected to interfere with federal issues such as proposed legislation for homosexual marriage which is of interest to about 5% of the populace.
Surely there are some other things that need banning here besides plastic bags? Why haven’t they banned the “doggy in the window” at the pet shops yet?

+1. A bit too big for their britches.

Did you mean ” A bit too big for their bitches”?

Mr Gillespie 10:28 am 16 Nov 11

The ACT Greens have done enough damage already. The Rainbow Green-Labor Alliance (Coalition Government) should be put in their place and not continue to be given the green light to waste OUR money chasing their idealist dream of turning the ACT into their own little utopia.

DUB 10:25 am 16 Nov 11

Jim Jones said :

You do realise that the Daily Mail is the tabloid of choice for people who can’t read.

If they’ve ever published something that’s factually correct, it was only by accident.

🙂 That is why they have lots of photos (for those, who can’t read).

Jim Jones 10:05 am 16 Nov 11

DUB said :

@Jim Jones I am.:)

You do realise that the Daily Mail is the tabloid of choice for people who can’t read.

If they’ve ever published something that’s factually correct, it was only by accident.

DUB 9:34 am 16 Nov 11

sarahsarah said :

DUB said :

lennon said :

How can anyone be against gay marriage? It’s close enough to a victimless decision, with the only victims being ignorant people who can’t handle the truth (Nicholson, J 1992).

Because kids in such couples will be screwed up, their peers at school will laugh at them.
Have you seen this article?
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2043345/The-California-boy-11-undergoing-hormone-blocking-treatment.html
🙁 This is disturbing. If you try to stop them doing this to a child, they will claim that they have been discriminated against.Political correctness…..

Right, because we all know straight people can’t raise screwed up kids, only those radical gays.

Did you actually read the article or just the headline?

His parents say the hormone treatment will give him time to figure out if he wants to fully transition to being female or go through puberty as a boy.

Sounds to me like they are giving the child every opportunity to make up their own mind when they are old enough rather than letting them rush into something they might regret later. Transgender issues are difficult to grapple with. Things aren’t always as clear cut as you may like to thi

DUB said :

lennon said :

How can anyone be against gay marriage? It’s close enough to a victimless decision, with the only victims being ignorant people who can’t handle the truth (Nicholson, J 1992).

Because kids in such couples will be screwed up, their peers at school will laugh at them.
Have you seen this article?
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2043345/The-California-boy-11-undergoing-hormone-blocking-treatment.html
🙁 This is disturbing. If you try to stop them doing this to a child, they will claim that they have been discriminated against.Political correctness…..

You’re seriously quoting the Daily Mail?

nk.

@Jim Jones I am.:)
@sarahsarah I did read the article.And to me it sounds like they are trying hard to make a woman out of the poor boy.There is 99% chance he will “voluntary” decide to turn into a woman.

Mysteryman 9:28 am 16 Nov 11

dungfungus said :

The ACT Greens should stick to matters involving the ACT alon. They were not elected to interfere with federal issues such as proposed legislation for homosexual marriage which is of interest to about 5% of the populace.
Surely there are some other things that need banning here besides plastic bags? Why haven’t they banned the “doggy in the window” at the pet shops yet?

+1. A bit too big for their britches.

qbngeek 9:24 am 16 Nov 11

johnboy said :

blowers said :

Interesting… the Greens say that the majority of people want this to happen. but…. a poll today in the Herald Sun shows that 65 percent of people do NOT agree with this.

It depends a lot on what question gets asked.

And where you ask it, ask the same question on the ABC website and the result will be very different, Ask it again on the JJJ website and it will change again. Ask it on the Convoy for Wankerirm (or whatever they were called) website and it will be very very different again.

Jim Jones 9:17 am 16 Nov 11

DUB said :

lennon said :

How can anyone be against gay marriage? It’s close enough to a victimless decision, with the only victims being ignorant people who can’t handle the truth (Nicholson, J 1992).

Because kids in such couples will be screwed up, their peers at school will laugh at them.
Have you seen this article?
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2043345/The-California-boy-11-undergoing-hormone-blocking-treatment.html
🙁 This is disturbing. If you try to stop them doing this to a child, they will claim that they have been discriminated against.Political correctness…..

You’re seriously quoting the Daily Mail?

sarahsarah 9:15 am 16 Nov 11

DUB said :

lennon said :

How can anyone be against gay marriage? It’s close enough to a victimless decision, with the only victims being ignorant people who can’t handle the truth (Nicholson, J 1992).

Because kids in such couples will be screwed up, their peers at school will laugh at them.
Have you seen this article?
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2043345/The-California-boy-11-undergoing-hormone-blocking-treatment.html
🙁 This is disturbing. If you try to stop them doing this to a child, they will claim that they have been discriminated against.Political correctness…..

Right, because we all know straight people can’t raise screwed up kids, only those radical gays.

Did you actually read the article or just the headline?

His parents say the hormone treatment will give him time to figure out if he wants to fully transition to being female or go through puberty as a boy.

Sounds to me like they are giving the child every opportunity to make up their own mind when they are old enough rather than letting them rush into something they might regret later. Transgender issues are difficult to grapple with. Things aren’t always as clear cut as you may like to think.

DUB 8:58 am 16 Nov 11

dungfungus said :

The ACT Greens should stick to matters involving the ACT alon. They were not elected to interfere with federal issues such as proposed legislation for homosexual marriage which is of interest to about 5% of the populace.
Surely there are some other things that need banning here besides plastic bags? Why haven’t they banned the “doggy in the window” at the pet shops yet?

+1, also make “My Family” stickers illegal!!!! Grrrrrrr.

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