Australian politicians seem to be in full blown pathetic mode and we are looking down the barrel of a $122 Million waste of time with a Postal Plebiscite to gauge the public opinion on Marriage Equality which is non-compulsory, non-binding and skewed to fail. Yesterday I had a long discussion on Facebook with a friend of a friend who even though she is atheist, she was using the bible to say that Marriage is a religious thing so shouldn’t be changed. Guess what? It’s not! 75% of marriages in Australia are civil ceremonies these days.
As a Marriage Celebrant about to do my first ceremony, I am allowed to officiate at a ceremony that I am currently unable to experience myself. That stings a bit and the arguments that are coming out already about pedophilia, sanctity of marriage etc are so hurtful. We had one Politician say that he has affectionate friendships with his buddies that he goes cycling with but they don’t need to get married. Yes he likened long term loving relationships of gay people to mates who cycle together.
I’m trying to stick to factual and logical arguments when countering the stupidity but it’s getting harder.
This beautiful video from Tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black’s wedding shows what we are after. We aren’t trying to steal children or tear apart the fabric of society. We just want to be able to commit to the person we love in exactly the same way that straight couples can. It’s not hard.