Fear muddies debate waters
So now we are participating in a postal survey on marriage equality in the Marriage Act instead of our Government doing its job to confirm a basic human right.
The Marriage Act was altered less than 20 years ago by a brief moment in Parliament without any consultation.
Given the large support among Australians for marriage equality, why hasn’t the same happened now?
Answer: because delaying tactics and “muddying the waters” to create uncertainty are classic strategies used by the powerful few to manipulate the many. If you want to undermine a simple proposition, fill it with the confusion of emotion and stir with half-truths and deceptions to produce fear.
The default response to fear is to say “no”. Just as John Howard skilfully derailed the Republican debate with false sincerity, cultivated uncertainty and deliberate confusion of “choice”, some conservative politicians and religious leaders are confounding marriage equality in a most cynical way.
Where is the transparency and inclusiveness, where is the humanity, where is the respect, where are the gentle “Christian values” in practice?
I am disappointed by those accepting misinformation, deception, and closed-mindedness as the only truth.
I am saddened by those tainted by uncertainty and fear, considering voting “no” when their hearts urge them to vote “yes”. I am disgusted by those few political and religious leaders who are knowingly spreading misinformation deliberately selected out of context from other places and other times.
This is not some other place or time, this is Australia, where people are welcomed, where diversity of thought, belief, culture, inventiveness, creativity and cuisine teaches and enriches us all. Where love is love.
Saying “yes” to marriage equality has nothing to do with impairing freedom of speech or religion, nothing to do with what is taught in schools, nothing to do with how well children are loved or parented.
I believe saying “yes” to marriage equality is about fairness, respect, inclusiveness, consent and love.
The Australian Federation and Constitution were created as a secular, not religious, institution and document.
There is a deliberate and considered separation of religion and law, a separation of church and State. Marriage equality in the Marriage Act is about legal recognition of union and consent, not about faith or belief.
The ideas and disputes about the definition of marriage in religious faith or beliefs have no place in a legal definition.
Making a legal definition that upholds marriage equality in no way diminishes people’s rights to their own beliefs in religion or faith. Everyone is entitled to their beliefs, but no one is entitled to force those beliefs on others.
Nobody has the right to “own” the legal definition of marriage.
Where would that place civil processes such as marriage celebrant and registry office events? Tony Evers, Cuthbert