All posts tagged: same sex marriage

This is how I’m voting. And Olaf.

What more can be said? That has been my defence for saying precisely nothing about the upcoming postal plebiscite on marriage here in The Great Southland. And then I remembered Olaf. Olaf is the endearing snowman character in the Disney movie, Frozen. I know this because both my children are enchanted by the film and invariably ask me to play various YouTube clips from it daily. Often more than once. And there’s this one tune where Olaf waxes lyrical about his long-held desire to experience Summer. “A drink in my hand My snow up against the burning sand Prob’ly getting gorgeously tanned In summer!” Olaf sings this – the snowman who’s made of ice that melts and all. Seeing that charming, smiling character waltzing to his own demise made me think of Australians who are blindly accepting the yes vote because “love is love”.  No thought to repercussions that other countries are already experiencing. And then there’s the Kristoffs and Annas (you need to watch the clip!) who are withholding their voice, their information, their …

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 …

Putting Love in the Headlines

A guy I know asked me to write about love. I don’t usually take requests and, up to this point, if someone has asked me to consider writing about something, it’s been to promote an event or illuminate a cause. Not that there’s anything wrong with events and causes – it’s just that I’m familiar with requests tied to agendas. So I was a bit surprised when this friend asked me to write about love. In the midst of his life story that had only recently taken a sad and cruel twist, he wanted to hear about love. When bitterness and anger could have ruled his thoughts, he was talking about love. He wanted to read about love in the context of a newspaper where all of love’s foes tend to play the lead characters: war, racism, violence, relationship breakdown, intolerance and hate. Love was what he wanted to hear. Who could turn down such a request? I wish love made headlines more often too. Not love in a needy, sexual or even romantic way. Just …