Question is simple
I MUST take exception to Roland Crook's assertions (“Same sex marriage a threat to religion”, Letters, August 29) that legal provision for Same Sex Marriage will "...silence the voice of the churches" and "...further normalisation of homosexual behaviour".
Many despots have striven to silence the voice of the churches without any permanent effect.
I much doubt that the LGBTI community would succeed in that task, even if it wanted to do so.
Furthermore, we are not, Roland, being asked to condone homosexual activity between consenting adults in private.
All states and territories in the Commonwealth reached that point 20 years ago.
Neither are we being asked to take part in such acts.
Even less are we being asked to support legislation, which would make such acts compulsory.
We are simply being asked whether or not we support legislative, social and financial discrimination against people who are simply doing something legal.
No longer does the Tax Office discriminate about people claiming couple’s tax rates, yet there are superannuation advantages and inheritance advantages denied same-sex couples who are merely exercising their legal (and very Australian) right to choose their life partner.
Even the right to be with one’s loved one in some hospital situations may be denied because the one is not the next-of-kin of the other.
I ask: “Does the Church of the Almighty support such blatant discrimination?”.