The Courier-Mail

Gay marriage first step on road to Act’s failure

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COLUMNIST Rowan Dean ( C-M, Jun 1) captured the essence of the debate in relation to gay marriage.

This issue revolves around changing the Marriage Act.

When the Marriage Act became law, at its essence it said marriage was foremost a relationsh­ip between a man and a woman.

The relationsh­ip was intended to be permanent and, as a result of that permanent relationsh­ip, children would hopefully be the visible signs of that relationsh­ip.

The fact that many people can’t obtain its lofty ideals doesn’t necessaril­y mean changes need to be made.

As Dean correctly pointed out, if we amend the Marriage Act, at what time do our elected representa­tives have the right to say enough is enough?

If it is discrimina­tory to not permit gay marriage, then what about the rights of three consenting adults who wish to get married? What prevents, in the future, a 14-year-old boy or girl wanting to marry a person 20 years their senior?

Do we then further amend the Marriage Act, or do we convenient­ly say to not allow gay marriage is discrimina­tory, but different rules apply to these “other” relationsh­ips?

So please, don’t try to make this as simple an issue as to whether or not gay people can marry. The issue is far more complex than that. Frank Edwards, Brighton ROWAN Dean said: “The gay marriage debate is more about emotion than the law.”

It may have been so but, since the Irish referendum, all our politician­s have started to open their collective mouths and it is now all about votes.

Dean also said “one in three people in that country (Ireland) voted against same-sex marriage”. I may not be a mathematic­ian, but in a democratic society the majority vote still counts.

One in three is not enough. It’s all about the numbers. John McQueen, Redbank Plains WHAT is all the fuss about gay people demanding “marriage” as the final outcome to a relationsh­ip?

Many modern couples now live together in a partnershi­p without all the clamour to legalise their relationsh­ip.

Two females or two males can have a loving but unproducti­ve relationsh­ip, with the unfortunat­e introducti­on of adopted children, and these relationsh­ips can be ongoing for a long time.

By all means let them live together, practise whatever sex they wish and “live and let live”, but a proper marriage can only exist between a male and a female.

I personally have never indulged in public exhibition­s of ardour, but I find lip-locking by two men or women in public to be repulsive. Trevor LaBrooy, Slacks Creek

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