All posts tagged: gay marriage

Letter to the Gay Community: Is Same Sex Marriage Really What You Need?

Monday June 29, 2015 To homosexuals everywhere in support of same sex marriage, Do you believe that changing Australia’s Marriage Act will be the panacea you need? I’m genuinely interested. You have suffered severely as a minority group; shunned, bullied, locked up, medicated and even murdered for your sexual attraction. The treatment you have endured – and indeed, continue to endure in some pockets of society – is unacceptable. You, like anyone else, have the right to respect, love, acceptance and a life unhindered by prejudice. Like victims of any traumatic injustice, I understand your desire to seek acknowledgement and affirmation of your value and identity. My question is, will changing the traditional definition of marriage do that? We look to Ireland where law has changed to allow same sex marriage as a result of last month’s referendum. Have you noticed the vernacular of the gay lobby in the proceeding celebrations? The change has been lauded as “recognition” of gay people, “validation” of lifestyle, “acceptance” in communities and so on. Very little has been said about marriage itself. Could …

Confuse Them, Lord, and Frustrate Their Plans

I feel I’ve had my head in the sand a bit of late.  I was talking to someone yesterday and he said, you must be shocked by what the PM said on ABC’s Q and A last night. What? I said. It was on the front page of most national papers, all across the net, radio, social media etc, he pointed out. (Blank look) He went on to explain Kevin Rudd’s telling response to the question of how he can support gay marriage when Jesus explicitly described marriage as exclusively between a man and a woman.  For those who, like me, missed this important comment, his response was:  “Well if I was going to have that view, the Bible also says that slavery is a natural condition.” WHAT? I said. I plucked my head from the ground, shook off the sand and switched on my brain.  Not sure about you, but sometimes I muddle through life.  Motherhood is wonderful, but there are days when Playschool, cubby houses and Lego construction wreak havoc on my thinking …

Marriage: is it as Sacred as Trees?

THE Greens are fighting fiercely to protect the Tarkine wilderness in Tassie’s North-West. This significant tract of temperate rainforest has been upheld as a sacred place worthy of protection. People feel strongly about it. Over the past few years we’ve seen protests from community groups and heartfelt speeches from Greens pollies against changes mooted including the Tarkine tourist road and forestry and mining operations. The Tarkine is beautiful and effective as it stands, they have cried. The Tarkine is a place with World Heritage values. The Tarkine nurtures life and should not be altered. Proponents for change reply that opening up the Tarkine would give access to all, enhance economic benefit to the region and show off something the rest of Australia doesn’t have. Ironically, these are the very arguments that Tasmania’s Labor-Green government is using to rip apart the sacred place that is marriage. We see our premier Lara Giddings revving up the bulldozer and preparing to clear a way for all homosexual couples to know what it is to be married. This government …