Kids’ rights at centre of marriage debate
As an institutionally stable but progressively liberal nation, Australia is not only able to enact laws that protect the rights of the vast majority, but it is also able to moderate those laws to compassionately and respectfully accommodate the differences of minorities.
In the case of same-sex marriage, if the different partnering choices of consenting adults from this minority group do not unduly diminish the rights of the majority, it would seem both compassionate and reasonable to accommodate those choices within Australia’s laws by modifying the Marriage Act.
However, if that accommodation should result in Australia de-prioritising its responsibility to protect the rights of the most vulnerable group in our society — our children — then we would have been negligent in our duty to that group. It may feel as if a growing herd of “progressive” western nations are leaving Australia behind on same-sex marriage.
In truth, however, the way we ultimately decide to vote on same-sex marriage may be a measure of our willingness to see our children’s natural rights trampled beneath the self-righteous egos of this stampeding herd.