Same Sex Marriage
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CConservative appeasement was etched into the welcome mat as incoming PM Malcolm Turnbull shifted position from taking a parliamentary vote on gay marriage in his first term in office, to a plebiscite at some point in the future – most likely after the next election. Which at its earliest will take place in August 2016. It’d be laughable were it not true. Meanwhile, our progressive Kiwi cousins have legally recognised gay unions since 2013, the same year Ms Socially Progressive 1926, Queen Elizabeth II herself, told parliament the time for such recognition had come in England and Wales, eagerly passing the bill into law – with Scotland following months later. Then, this year, Ireland – a country populated by people trying to out-christian one another – enacted same-sex marriage legislation. So too the United States, the same nation that voted in two generations of the Bush family and where 31 states still have the death penalty. If such conservative societies can see that this entails a basic recognition of humanity, surely it’s not a stretch for our elected leaders to do likewise. It took until 1965 for Indigenous Australians to be recognised in the census and a familiar echo of intransigent injustice is now gaining volume as the days, months and years fly by. Back then, 90 per cent of the population voted to remedy what was clearly a situation at odds with the national psyche and we’d wager the ‘yes’ vote on this issue would once again be carried by an overwhelming majority. And so it should.
THE GQ INSIGHT: Gay marriage is legal in Mississippi, Alabama, Texas and Tennessee. Think about that for a second.