As we approach the end of 2013, I am flabbergasted that we still live in a world where, in most places, gay marriage is not recognised. Our so called free society doesn’t allow a grown man or woman to decide who they want to legally share the rest of their lives with. We frown upon forced marriages but is this really any different? Aren’t we forcing people not to marry the one they love? I think most people agree that it should be legal, in fact, I can’t say I have heard anyone I know say they have a problem with it. It makes me wonder where this anti gay marriage pull is coming from because its not just an issue in Australia. America, the land of the brave and the free, is not so great here either. I suspect many are hiding behind religious reasons, but then there are plenty of religious people who don’t have an issue with people marrying whomever they want to. Thank goodness for New Zealand, the rare shining light. I am hopeful that our current prime minister will come to the party soon, especially when his own sister is a gay, but somehow I am not so sure he will.
Yes there are those who don’t understand why someone would want to marry a person from their own sex, but haven’t we all got a straight friend that we cannot for the life of us comprehend why they married person they did? We tend to accept that its their choice and move on, so why can’t we do the same with a gay couple, even if you don’t necessarily get it? Really, when it comes down to it, as long as people are of legal consenting age then it is nobody else’s business who marries who. Having said that I tend to think one at a time is a good rule, but then, who am I to judge?
Interestingly if one member of a gay couple undergoes a sex change that person is legally recognised as the new sex and bingo, they can legally marry. Hello silly government rule makers – its still the same person! We live in a country that celebrates its freedom and rights and this issue seems to belong in the same category as segregation and women not voting. In other words, it does not belong in our society. It seems to me to be blatant discrimination. I am most of the time extremely proud to be Australian, but this archaic law is shameful.
I may have ruffled some feathers here, but if I did, may I suggest those feathers might need a bit of ruffling. If gay marriage is not for you, then all I can say is don’t you marry a gay person.
Til next time…