I certainly don't think it is a done deal but it gives me hope that same sex couples can enjoy the same choices and rights that heterosexuals have. It is only a matter of time................
Yeah I don't think it will happen sadly. The religious zealot Abbott will do what he always does and bring his own religious beliefs into the political arena bc that's his constant agenda. His bigotry makes me want to throw up in my mouth...
Daddylarge - your a deadset champ!
And i don't get how people can be against calling gay marriage "marriage" ... as sassy mummy has already said, a same sex couple getting married does not devalue hetero marriage, nor negatively impact on anyone else. If the word and concept of marriage were so special and sacred that it may only be applied to a union between a man and a women, wouldn't there be harsher penalties for infidelity and wouldnt divorce be abolished? Infidelity and divorce do more to damage the sanctomony of marriage than gay couples...
And allowing gay couples to have a a civil union but not a marriage is not equality
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For example, the disgusting treatment of LGBT people in Palestine. You cannot be openly gay in the Palestinian Authority. People have had to flee TO Israel in order to avoid abuse, including torture and murder, from the Palestinian people including the police. This treatment is disgusting and a much more important human right than 'marriage'. But despite this, I have yet to see a protest against the Palestinian treatment of homosexuals. Why is this?
At least I HOPE it was.
I would also suggest that there is an element of "glass houses" in play. Any such protest wouldn't have a great deal of validity or impact if our own house isn't in order first.
Human rights throughout the Arab world is abysmal, and I don't see it changing any time soon. I could list a dozen examples (treatment of homosexuals definitely being one of them) of things that are horrible and should change - as Australians, the best way we can help effect that change is to set the example of being a country that is able to achieve success while shunning bigotry.
If the treatment of homosexuals in the Palestinian territories aggrieves you, the feel free to start that protest and best of luck to you. I'm a pragmatist - I believe that my efforts can help achieve a necessary change in this country, so that's where my energies will be focused.
But the fact that there are countries elsewhere treat their gay community worse than we do doesn't excuse us from getting rid of blatant discrimination here. Nor does it make the push to redress this discrimination any less valid.
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