Opinion

Gay marriage should be about lovers not doomsayers

LOOK OUT! The gays can get married in the ACT.

The narrow-minded and über conservative are quaking in their boots.

I can almost recite, ad verbatim, some of the emails, Facebook posts and phone messages likely to be left for me by some of you following the publication of this column.

Well, suck it up princesses.

It's about time Australia grew up and accepted gay marriage.

It's not a scary slight against our moral fabric.

It's not a personal affront intended for those who are religious.

And it is not a matter of constitutional here and there.

Tony Abbott is kidding himself - and insulting everyone in this country - if he thinks there is anything remotely democratic or plain old-fashioned right and proper about using the constitution as a trump card in stonewalling a piece of legislation.

For someone who sees himself as a bastion of good Christian values and old school decency, there is a certain amount of irony in the fact his intentions are at a direct counter point to that.

In fact, here is the truth about who the gay marriage debate is actually not about:

It's not about the religions doomsayers who proclaim we're all going to hell in a hand basket if such is allowed to proceed. Nor is it about those who have trouble separating church and state. It's not about any of you.

This issue is about those for whom, until now, in spite of loving true relationships, the institution of marriage has been off limits.

It's about love. About kindness. About the notion of live and let live - do unto others.

Are these not the cornerstone of what we hold to be our Christian values.

Let's just get over it. Let marriage be a choice for everyone.

It is a sacred institution and it is something that shouldn't be taken lightly.

But it is bound with love and understanding. And with the rate of divorce in Australia, anyone so committed to the concept of marriage that they would campaign to have a law changed to make it happen can only be doing the statistics a good turn.

And that's exactly what Australia, as a nation should be reflecting.

Make gay marriage legal! The notion, the principles surrounding and, let's face it, the weddings themselves, will be utterly fabulous!

Topics:  act gay marriage marriage equality meredith papavasiliou opinion



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