Same Sex Mar­riage

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Tony Ab­bott gay mar­riage de­bate Ire­land passes gay mar­riage law Face­book rain­bow pro­file pics

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.

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