With the Australian Federal Government hell-bent on running a plebiscite on marriage equality, the various lobbies and individuals who don’t want to see marriage equality achieved in the country have already come out swinging.
I have a simple message for them: Shut up; your opinion is pointless.
At a point where the ACL insist they have a right to be heard, we have to insist they don’t. At a time when conservative MPs insist they’re making a stand for tradition, we have to insist they aren’t. At a time when narrow-minded voices shout they speak for the silent majority, we have to be the vocal majority and say: no, no you don’t.
There are no longer any valid arguments against marriage equality, and anyone who says they are is being specious, looking for a way to trample the rights of other human beings.
Civil marriage processes tell us marriage is no longer about religion. You lost the right to argue about marriage being a religious function when civil ceremonies were introduced.
Decriminilisation of homosexuality tells us same-sex relationships are not illegal. Your argument about homosexuality was lost decades ago.
Allowing people to divorce shows us the supposed sanctity of marrage is no longer an argument. Even more so, rediculous TV programmes to “find a husband” or “find a wife” even better demonstrate the supposed sanctity of marriage is no longer an argument. You lost any argument about “sanctity” when divorces and stunt weddings became options.
Allowing those too old or incapable of having children to marry shows that marriage is not about the kids. Allowing those who don’t want to have children to marry shows that marriage is not about the kids. Allowing single parents or widowed parents to keep their children rather than having to be adopted by a married couple shows marriage is not about the kids. Allowing people to have children without forcing them to get married shows marriage is not about the kids. You never had any valid argument linking kids and marriage equality.
Your level of comfort (or lack thereof) with homosexuality is not relevant. I’m uncomfortable with people wearing sandals and socks, I don’t get to say they can’t.
The bible saying homosexuality is wrong is irrelevant; it also says shellfish is terrible (Leviticus 11:9-12), that you should pray only in private (Matthew 6:5), and that slavery is OK (Colossians 3:22). So unless you’re quietly praying about the evils of homosexuality in the privacy of your own home while eating anything other than shellfish that’s been served to you by your slave, you’re picking and choosing your beliefs already.
It’s time you stop pretending you’re against marriage equality because you’re pro traditional marriage. There’s a plethora of people on your “side” of the argument who are divorced, who philander and cheat on their spouses, and generally mock by their very behaviour everything you think of as being “traditional”.
Saying only the people can decide on marriage equality is a lie when plebiscites are non-binding, and the government legislated against marriage equality in 2004 without seeking public opinion. Even more so when survey after survey shows 75% or higher of Australians in favour of marriage equality. The only people that benefit from a plebiscite are the bigots who get more airtime to espouse their harmful, 1950s views.
The truth is there are no sides to the argument.
Against marriage equality? Shut up; your opinions are pointless.