What’s all this rubbish about having a plebiscite on whether two people can “marry”? why all the fuss and why all the expense? Why can’t the elected representatives just get on with it and vote and change the legislation?
The conservatives know that the likelihood of a success in a plebiscite in normal conditions is not good as can be shown by referenda in the past. This is just a tactic. They say that this is such a conscience issue that we need a whole of citizenship conversation. Well that didn’t stop them just legislating against the euthanasia laws of the NT or the right to marry in the ACT!
Civil marriage is different to the religious ceremony and in many societies one has to do both, France for example. This is true separation of church and state. And so it should be here!
No one is asking the churches, mosques, temples or other heavenly gateways to change the teachings of their founders. If the religious doctrine says “thou shalt not enter into wedlock with [insert description here]” then so be it. But the secular world takes its lead from the progress of its society. It is acceptable to have different attitudes and morays in each of the secular and non-secular worlds. We have moved on, guys!
Let’s get this straight. The advocates of marriage equality are not changing anything really. Same sex couples have been together as partners and parents since forever and will continue to do so.
All this plebiscite will do is to give a platform for denigration, discrimination, diminution and will give the anti-LBGTQI movement a platform to cast doubt on the legitimacy of relationships and wreak pain and suffering on so many people.
With their sanctimonious self-righteousness and direct link to the Almighty, the far-right conservatives are going to publicly tell kids that their same sex parents are subjecting the kids to unnatural environments. They will be putting confusion in the minds of these kids. Most kids just respond to love and affection, encouragement and support. They don’t care if their parents are different to other parents.
It may have been the case in the past with parents of different colour, of different religion, of different careers but not anymore. This hasn’t been the case for decades and these far-right religious zealots should come into the modern and real world. The Inquisition is over.
Torquemada has a new name and it is Bernardi! The Church does not rule in Australia and the sooner these people get it the better.
But we’re going to give every bible bashing, homophobic, fruitcake bigot a platform to spruik bile at those whose only problem is that they wish to have the same expression of their love as the rest of us.
And we’re going to pay dearly for it. The PM and ScoMo rant on about fiscal responsibility and economic strength. They constantly talk about their hero Jobson Groff. But they’re OK with chucking $160 million on a non-binding chatfest and are contemplating giving another $10 million to help both sides put their case. What part about abrogation of their responsibility don’t they get?
For mine, I’d like them to get on with passing legislation and giving all people the same rights before the law. Our law that is not canonical law.