Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Opinion -

I AM as­ton­ished to read that Curtin Univer­sity en­cour­ages mar­riage equal­ity rights ( South­ern Gazette, June 23).

This ar­ti­cle is en­cour­ag­ing

young peo­ple who hav­ing a re­la­tion­ship with the same sex should be recog­nised as a mar­riage.

I do strongly ob­ject to this group want­ing to call their re­la­tion­ship a "mar­riage". They can be as­so­ci­ated with other terms. From a le­gal as­pect, there should be a recog­nised term that agrees and pro­tects this type of re­la­tion­ship.

But to call it a "mar­riage" is out of the ques­tion. This ti­tle is as­signed purely to het­ero­sex­u­als who want to form a last­ing re­la­tion­ship. Ever since hu­mans in­her­ited this earth, a re­la­tion­ship be­tween a man and a woman has been called a mar­riage.

In to­day's world where we are bom­barded with tech­nol­ogy that pushes all sorts of news to ev­ery­one, it is not sur­pris­ing that many of our younger gen­er­a­tions are be­ing mis­led in many ar­eas that are alien to a nor­mal lifestyle.

I can­not be­lieve Curtin Univer­sity could pos­si­bly con­done this sit­u­a­tion.

MIKE HIL­TON, Wil­let­ton.

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