Marriage Equality

I support marriage equality.

For me, it’s a simple matter of having equal rights before the law. We say that all of us are equal regardless of sexual orientation, but a significant inequality exists in the law. Which means until we fix that, we’re simply lying.

It may surprise many of you to learn that we once came very close to having marriage equality in this country, and it was some time ago. By 2004, various countries (notably the UK) had legalised same-sex marriage through a variety of means. It was pointed out that our marriage law (Marriage Act 1961) did not actually define marriage at all, and that there was a potential for marriage equality to spring fully formed from within the structure of our existing laws.

The government at the time felt this to be unacceptable and an amendment was proposed by the then Attorney General Philip Ruddock. A bit from an exhortation later in the bill was copied and pasted into the top as a definition. It contained the key words “man” and “woman” and was described by the Hon Alastair Nicholson, former Chief Justice of the Family Court of Australia, as “one of the most unfortunate pieces of legislation that has ever been passed by the Australian Parliament”.

I agree with him. There is simply no logical reason to oppose marriage equality. So, that being said, the only reasonable course is to support it.

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