Equal right to question SSM
I welcome Tony Evers’ argument (Fear muddies debate waters, 14/9) about the same-sex marriage debate, finding it insightful, and I applaud the fact that he is given opportunity to freely express it.
Fear, however, is not driving those of us who wish to express dissimilar views. We simply are doing what is assumed as members of a community.
We bring emotion to the debate but we also bring reason, arguing strongly that everyone be given the opportunity to have a say.
We reject the labels of bigotry and intolerance applied to us simply because we hold a different view. Where we have labelled others because their view differs from ours, we are at fault.
We do not accept that changing the marriage definition is simple. It embraces much more than meeting the want for same-sex couples to marry. It will impact the community’s views on child rearing and many other practices around children.
It cannot be said that this change will all be good because, in Australia at least, it is yet to be tested. To point out that people in places such as Canada are being prevented from following norms accepted for generations is not scaremongering. The evidence there is building.
Tolerance once allowed two people to express their differing views and to move on without personal insult. This SSM issue has seen a label of “hate speech” attached to any divergent opinion.
We will continue to speak because we believe that more people will be disadvantaged by this change to the marriage law than will benefit. We are convinced that any community member experiencing inequities through current laws can find parity through amendments to the applicable legislation.
As a Christian I hold to a world view which is much broader than the SSM issue. This world view says that we all, no matter which gender we identify with, fall short of a standard. We are all mindful of having “messed up” and a time is coming when I, along with all who walk this Earth, will be called to give account for my failings to my Maker. The good news is our Maker has paved the way for me and for you to enjoy peace with him through Jesus.
This world view states that all people have worth and so I will treat you with dignity and respect no matter what your choices are; however, this does not guarantee that I will always agree with you on how our community ought to be shaped for the betterment of the many with minimal disadvantage to the few.