I think people are still getting a bit too caught up in what the definition of marriage should be. Talk about unification of souls and the blessing of children all you like, it has nothing, nothing to do with the legal definition of marriage.
Marriage, for the purposes of this discussion, is a legal contract. It is precisely what we make it. It makes just as much sense to say "marriage is between a man and a woman" as it once did to say "land ownership is for whites" or "voting is for males". The structure and wording of these laws change to suit the times. This one will change too, it's just a matter of when.
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25-03-2012 20:21 #202
So I've been following the discussion about why Julia hasn't put same sex marriage on the agenda and find it quite interesting.
So....bit confused here though. If ~70% of the population support same sex marriage as an earlier poster said, then I'm not sure why she wouldn't put it on the agenda. Sure she might lose some conservative Labor voters, but in return she might pick up some voters who usually vote LNP as well as a good portion of those swinging voters.
I think someone also mentioned she didn't want to annoy Bob Brown- but I'm pretty certain the Greens are pro gay marriage. (isn't he openly gay as well?)
I do agree it's a risky move for a PM to make, but if the poll results showing how many support gay marriage are accurate than I'd probably seriously consider putting it up there if I was her...it seems like a good political move. Unless there's something I've completely missed?
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25-03-2012 20:40 #206
Marriage won't be what's making me have kids anyway.
I've already got one and have never been married. No idea if I'll be married or not when I have another child. Marriage and children don't automatically go together in this day and age for straight couples... so why does it have to anything to do with whether or not a gay couple should be allowed to get married?
Religion also should never be dragged into it. If marriage was solely a religious thing, then I wouldn't be allowed to get married as an atheist. I am though, because religion has jack to do with the legalities of a marriage.
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25-03-2012 20:43 #207
Oh for Frigg's sake!!!
...no I'm not swearing.
Frigg is the goddess associated with marriage and childbirth in Norse mythology - maybe we should ask her??
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25-03-2012 21:29 #209
Yes! I am still astounded in this day and age that it has happened yet!
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