If you don’t like gay marriage don’t marry a gay person

Posted on August 19, 2010 by

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One of the most poignant moments on ABC’s qanda this week was when a Vietnam veteran asked Tony Abbott why his gay son was being denied the dignity and respect that all other Australian’s have in the right to marriage.

Australia is behind the times when it comes to gay marriage. While countries from Sweden to Argentina now allow for same-sex marriage, the one thing that unites both major parties in Australia is their opposition to gay marriage.

Julia Gillard has said numerous times that she believes that the Marriage Act and its definition of marriage as between a man and a woman should stay the way it is.

This type of view presupposes that Marriage has always been an unchanging entity. When rather it has been something, which has been redefined many times throughout history.

Tony Abbott said on qanda on Monday night that while ‘there are lots of terrific gay relationships…. marriage is not the right term to put on it.’

It would be one thing to deny gay marriage on these grounds if it were simply a religious institution. However it is also an institution that attaches to itself many important legal rights.

Some people say it is the rights not the word. Of course the rights are important but so is the word. To have otherwise is to somehow put gay relationships in a lesser category.

I can understand that people who are not prejudiced for religious or personal reasons may struggle to reconcile themselves to gay marriage. However that is not really a good enough reason to deny people their rights. It is essentially a libertarian issue. How does someone else’s marriage impact on yours?

As Whoopi Goldberg has said on The View many times, if you don’t like gay marriage don’t marry a gay person.

Words – Fatima Malik

Image – SMH

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Posted in: Fatima Malik, Opinion