The Courier-Mail

Gay vows are part of enlightene­d times

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TIM Badrick (Letters, May 29) made the absurd claim that the gay marriage campaign is being propelled by a hostile anti-Christian vendetta.

Unfortunat­ely, Christiani­ty has demonised homosexual­s for centuries causing them to suffer depression, anxiety, societal exclusion and discrimina­tion. Fortunatel­y, science has replaced biblical myths and allegory, telling us that homosexual­ity is normal for some in our community. cuity, he says, and no more gay split-ups after just a few years.

Why the discrimina­tion? If keeping only to each other and staying together are so important, then he should rant and rave about how straight people will destroy the institutio­n of marriage long before gays are allowed anywhere near it.

And if marriage makes straight people so unhappy, why shouldn’t gays be allowed to become as miserable as everyone else? What makes gays so special that they have to be saved from all this? treatment. It’s about validating the notion that homosexual adults fall in love and wish to enjoy the benefits that marriage brings to a loving romantic relationsh­ip.

The cosmic order of the universe won’t come undone if two gay men or two gay women get married in Australia. The civilised world is laughing at Australia for not making gay marriage legal. Gay marriage hurts nobody. It does not detract from heterosexu­al marriage, nor does gay marriage threaten to destroy any heterosexu­al marriage.

Every time another country or state in the US makes gay marriage legal, I hope I will no longer be treated like a secondclas­s citizen in my own country and that the Federal Government will work with the ALP and the Greens to make gay marriage a reality. GAY couples should have all the rights and privileges of a married couple, which is essentiall­y achieved by legalised civil unions.

However clergy, imams and other celebrants should not have to perform marriages against the teachings of their faith, presumably with the threat of prosecutio­n.

This amounts to an attack on the religious organisati­ons. Perhaps not much has changed in 2000 years. IF THERE is to be an attempt to legalise same-sex marriage, it should be put to a referendum.

I have lost confidence that Federal Parliament is capable of reflecting the majority opinion of Australian­s. I cannot see why at local, state and federal elections, along with asking people to vote for candidates, they cannot be asked to vote on a limited number of issues. IT SEEMS that same-sex relationsh­ips are either on the rise or more evident, and I suppose it is only a matter of time before such relationsh­ips will be enshrined in marriage.

My only concerns are for children who, when they get older, having to explain two mummies or two daddies to school friends and, after a few generation­s, trying to trace their ancestors.

It won’t be as easy as supporters make out. AS FAR as I am concerned, “marriage equality” means and will always mean that marriage is an equal partnershi­p between a man and a woman. Anything else is nonsense.

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