The conservative Liberal-National coalition in Australia is doing its very best to delay marriage equality as long as possible. The latest little trick is to have a postal vote (run by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Yes, really) After that there will still be a vote in Parliament, and many conservative MPs have said that no matter the outcome of the popular vote, they will still vote against it. The Labor Party on the other hand has promised that if it wins the next election it will pass a marriage equality bill in its first 100 days.
Naturally, the churches have produced the usual lies in argument against gay marriage: equal marriage is against God; will remove religious freedoms; blahty blah. In fact, all the churches/temples/mosques etc, and all their priests, are exempt from the proposed law. They will not have to marry any naughty gays or lesbians if they don’t want to. Civil marriage celebrants will also be exempt from celebrating a gay marriage if they declare in advance that they have “religious” objections to gay marriage.
The Australian Christian Lobby claims that:
- Redefining marriage will threaten your freedom of speech
- Redefining marriage can take away your religious freedom
- Redefining marriage is the step before redefining gender itself
- Redefining marriage will take away children’s rights – every child deserves a mum and a dad
- Same-sex marriage is a proxy war for much bigger things.
- The real battle here is for the soul of our nation.
I can’t resist this quote from Epicurus in this context.
Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able?
Then he is not omnipotent.
Is he able, but not willing?
Then he is malevolent.
Is he both able and willing?
Then whence cometh evil?
Is he neither able nor willing?
Then why call him God?”
I intend to vote YES needless to say, and to encourage everyone I know to vote YES, and hope there is a landslide victory (70% of the population is in favour of marriage equality) and that all the haters and troglodytes are buried under the landslide.