The Dissemination of Thought

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They say any sex is good sex, so why doesn’t it apply to marriage?

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There are several reasons that I’m pro-gay marriage. Most of the reasons are based on common sense, and the belief that the free choice and the option to make important life decisions shouldn’t be restricted by the fact that you are a boy who likes other boys, or a girl who likes girls. One of the other reasons is that this is the twenty-first century, and we tend not to burn people at the stake for appearing to be different anymore. If you believe what you read in the media, it would appear that I’m not alone, and that the public voice in support of marriage equality is gradually getting louder. One would hope that those whom we have elected to act on our behalf would genuinely hear this voice, but it seems that a lot of them only hear what they want to hear. Exhibit A in support of this argument is John Murphy, the Labor MP who doesn’t believe that there is a strong public backing for change, and whom suggested last week that ALP members who advocate same-sex marriage should “join the Greens”. Really, John? Perhaps you should take a look at the ALP’s values, which include fairness, as well as democracy and freedom.

Labor believes that all people are created equal in their entitlement to dignity and respect.

Labor values the freedom of all people to hold whatever beliefs they choose while respecting those of others, and the freedom to express those beliefs without fear or favour.

I’m lucky to be surrounded by a lot of amazing people in my life. Some of them are straight, and some of them aren’t. Some of them are married, and some of them are aren’t legally able to be. A few of my close friends are in long-term, committed same-sex relationships, but the option to take the next step in their commitment isn’t afforded to them. There’s every chance that they may not want to get married, but it’s a moot point – shouldn’t they have the right to choose for themselves? They work. They pay taxes. They contribute to society as much as anyone else, yet on the face of it, our elected law makers seem to believe that they shouldn’t have the same rights as other Australians bestowed upon them. When you remove all of the emotion and bullshit excuses from the equation, all the current laws do are prohibit people in same-sex couples an option that is unchallenged and freely available to heterosexual Australians.

Australia purports itself to be one of the most developed, culturally forward-thinking countries on the planet. If this is to truly be the case, we can’t continue to deprive individuals of the free choice to make the same life decisions as everyone else, based purely on that individual’s sexual orientation.

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  1. Well said good sir.

    I am tired of the shit surrounding this as well. I am over the religious indignation of “they are trying to steal our ritual” and “why don’t they pick another thing to call it”. It’s called the Marriage Act people. It is what dictates marriage not what some man in a palace says God says it is.

    Spin Cycle

    August 5, 2011 at 23:17

    • It seems that the great majority of do-gooders totally avoid the fact that denying a couple an option that is afforded to everyone else, based purely on how many penises are or are not in the relationship, is, in its simplest form, discrimination. These narrow-minded twits purport to be against marriage equality for a myriad of genuine, logical reasons, allegedly with the greater good in mind, but let’s face it: when all of the layers of rationality and common sense are peeled back, their arguments are nothing more than thinly-veiled regurgitations of religious theory. If I hear one more person argue that “it’s Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve”, I’m going to drown them in the fucking river, Old Testament style.

      Welcome to TDoT, and thanks for your feedback.

      disseminatedthought

      August 11, 2011 at 07:53


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