Ques­tion is sim­ple

Guardian Express - - GUARDIAN OPINION -

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?”.

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