SSM puts us in new ter­ri­tory

The Morning Bulletin - - YOUR SAY -

WITH the mar­riage equal­ity sur­vey re­sults im­mi­nent and pre­dicted to con­firm a ma­jor­ity for le­gal­is­ing same-sex mar­riage, we will be ven­tur­ing into un­charted ter­ri­tory.

It must still un­dergo po­lit­i­cal di­a­logue and pass, but the “yes” party is op­ti­mistic.

No law can ei­ther pre­dict or undo what mak­ing same-sex mar­riage le­gal will do to our so­ci­ety, which will find it­self in a po­li­te­ria of re­la­tion­ship crises which no-one can pre­dict at present.

It is an emo­tional is­sue about the right to choose one’s own path in life, with free­dom of speech and ac­tion tan­ta­mount to this dis­cus­sion.

How­ever, then there will be a need to pre­serve the rights of the “no” vot­ers to con­tinue to have the choices they have presently, to main­tain their own val­ues and ethics in deal­ing with the crises such leg­is­la­tion will present, pri­vately and in com­mu­nal in­ter­ac­tions.

The rights of both sides are now pre­sent­ing a dilemma for fed­eral pol­i­tics.

Bi-par­ti­san con­fir­ma­tion is needed to pre­serve what has, for hun­dreds of years, been the def­i­ni­tion of mar­riage as be­tween a man and woman, with­out threat or dis­crim­i­na­tion.

The right to choose ei­ther must not erupt into civil war or po­larise the na­tion.

— Eloise Rowe Tan­num Sands

PHOTO: PAUL MILLER/AAP

EMO­TIONAL IS­SUE: Pro­test­ers gather for a rally in sup­port for mar­riage equal­ity in Syd­ney on Sun­day.

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