Well to me no it’s not, well at least it shouldn’t be, it should just be exactly the same as what heterosexual couples enjoy.
With all respect to my brother, who I love very much, on January 15, 2008 he will be married for the second time. For this I congratulate him and my soon to be sister-in-law and I wish them every happiness for their future.
But it pisses me off sometimes that he’s allowed to get married again. I mean if everything they say is true and marriage is a religious institution they why was he allowed to get divorced? And why is he allowed to get married a second time? And given that my brother doesn’t practice any religion was he even allowed to get married the first time.
Oh that’s right, cause marriage IS NOT an institution of the church. And because we have Federal Laws that cover marriage in Australia “The Marriage Act 1961” and state-based laws such as the “Marriage Act 1958 (Vic)“.
It is not an institution of the church, as the god followers constantly claim. They know this and spend a lot of time and money petitioning the Government to alter the acts to ensure they can exclude same-sex marriage in the laws. And for some reason the Government listens to them.
Further to this, if marriage is an institution of the church and is to be protected, I have to ask, which church? Should Jewish people be allowed to marry if we are a Christian society? Should Muslims? Buddhists? Russian or Greek Orthodox?
I mean c’mon what does it really mean to anyone if David and I, who have been living together as husband and husband for the past 12 years, decide to get married?
And to all those stupid people who claim they want to marry their dog (because they think it’s the same thing) I say go right ahead, the day your dog can say “I Do” in a known human language.
There is no conceivable reason why Australian same-sex couples shouldn’t be allowed to marry. We deserve the same rights as any heterosexual couple.
I won’t register my relationship on a commitment register, I want to be equal and nothing more. I am not a second-class citizen and I refuse to be treated like one.