Weekend Courier - - Opinion -

I FEEL that a re­sponse is nec­es­sary to the two let­ters sent in by Glenice Vladich and Robin Linke Im­pos­si­ble to change gen­der and Elec­tors should have a free vote (Week­end Courier, Aug 11).

Mr Linke's view that tra­di­tional so­cial val­ues are now be­ing threat­ened and Ms Vladich's af­fir­ma­tion that if same sex mar­riage is le­galised there will be pub­lic health and po­lit­i­cal con­se­quences for all Aus­tralians are both in­cred­i­bly alarmist to say the least.

Th­ese al­most iden­ti­cal ar­chaic view­points could be com­pared with apartheid and misog­yny from pre­vi­ous cen­turies. Not al­low­ing gays to marry is not a mil­lion miles away from ex­clud­ing women from vot­ing and seg­re­gat­ing black and white peo­ple.

I do un­der­stand that some re­li­gious peo­ple take the Bi­ble lit­er­ally and don't know if this is the case with th­ese two let­ter writ­ers, but one can read most the­o­log­i­cal texts and find any kind of mean­ing in them.

What­ever hap­pens, peo­ple of the same sex will still live to­gether, if not per­mit­ted to make their vows and re­ceive that piece of pa­per, so it should, in essence,make lit­tle dif­fer­ence to Glenice and Robin or their prin­ci­ples. DAVID RUDMAN Port Kennedy

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