Sex­u­al­ity not per­sonal choice

Gatton Star - - NEWS | OPINION | YOUR SAY -

LINK­ING same-sex mar­riage with pae­dophilia and polygamy is rep­re­hen­si­ble.

Same sex mar­riage is not a first step on a slip­pery slope that would end in adults mar­ry­ing kids, peo­ple hav­ing mul­ti­ple wives, oth­ers ty­ing the knot with live­stock and broth­ers mar­ry­ing broth­ers or sis­ters mar­ry­ing sis­ters.

If you do some­how think it’s rel­e­vant to com­bine th­ese dis­cus­sions — pause a sec­ond to think about the ram­i­fi­ca­tions your ar­gu­ments will have on the men­tal health of the gay com­mu­nity, par­tic­u­larly young peo­ple who are try­ing to come to terms with their own sex­u­al­i­ties.

Ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity is not a choice, or a fash­ion trend, or a men­tal ill­ness. Sex­u­al­ity is like eye colour, height, shoe size, left/right hand­ed­ness – a per­son does not choose.

All the same-sex mar­riage amend­ment will do is pro­vide im­me­di­ate le­gal recog­ni­tion for same-sex cou­ples who wed and gets us a step closer to end­ing dis­crim­i­na­tion.

— Tina Cupitt,

Spring Creek

PHOTO: DOLGACHOV

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