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Political Report: The many opinions on marriage inequality

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| Wednesday, August 29, 2012 6:00

Political Report: The many opinions on marriage inequality

Generally I steer clear of taking a position on political matters. I've always been of the view that it's my job to report what's going on at Parliament, but not to take sides.

However when it comes to Louisa Wall's Marriage Amendment Bill, I'm going to temporarily suspend my objectivity and say I support gay marriage.

It's pretty simple really. If people want to get married then I say all power to them and I don't care if you're straight, gay, or bisexual. If people want to commit to one another as an expression of their love, then I don't see what right I have, or anyone else has, to stand in their way.

It's about being fair. Why should one section of our society be prevented from accessing something the rest of us have?

I know there are the arguments about the sanctity of marriage, and about how marriage is supposed to be about a bond between a man and a woman.

But they're really distractions, pseudo-arguments put out by those who are uncomfortable with homosexuality, but are trying to dress up their arguments in such a way as not to appear homophobic.

And don't get me started on those that purport that homosexuality is a choice. If one's sexuality was a choice then I'd love for some of those who push the argument to explain exactly when it was that they chose to be heterosexual.

Odds are the answer would be "I've always been that way". Yet if a homosexual gives that answer, there are those that choose to challenge it. Give me a break.

But the thing that annoys me the most is the argument that's been put by the likes of Colin Craig that gay couples aren't as good role models for parents as heterosexual couples are.

Excuse me while I call bullshit on that theory. As the son of a gay father I know from personal experience that a parent's sexuality has absolutely nothing to do with the quality of child rearing.

My father's performance as a parent was exemplary and I owe much of what I am today to the lessons he taught me.

To suggest that having gay parents makes a child lesser or disadvantaged is insulting, unfounded, and the largest steaming pile of shite I've ever had the misfortune to come across. Those that peddle such nonsense should be given a swift kick to the backside.

And for those who'd suggest allowing gays to marry will lead to incest, polyamory, or paedophilia I say this:

There's probably more chance that you'd be interfered with by a priest.

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