Versions of the following five comments are frequently made in the discussion about marriage equality. And with the topic being back in the media at the moment, they are popping up in badly constructed and mis-spelled sentences with the kind of gay* abandon we haven't seen since the Biggles books.
Before writing any of the following five comments - check here to find out why you shouldn't.
*as in 'merry'
- There are more important things for the government to be discussing than marriage equality.
No there is not. Want to know why? Because when the national legislation enshrines discrimination against somebody based on gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, disability, language or anything else I might not have remembered to mention, we are undermining the human rights of um, humans.
Human rights are more important than any other issue. Full stop.
If this is something you find hard to grasp, repeat after me - IF WE ARE ALL HUMAN, WE ARE ALL EQUAL. Yes. Even the gays.
- I am gay and I don't give a shit about getting married.
Well bully for you. The point is - a just and democratic society shouldn't legislate on the basis of one individual's preferences. Because that would be a dictatorship and they generally end badly.
It's great that you don't WANT to get married. I have heaps of straight friends that don't want to get married either. But they can if they want to.
And so should you be able to if you change your mind. Though with that kind of incredibly selfish approach to the world around you I suspect you'd be a fairly high maintenance kind of partner.
- It's a Christian country, so marriage should be between a man and a woman.
It's so awkward when we have to point out that while we generally exist around a Christian premise as does most of the Western world, "Christians" have only been here in Australia for about 227 years and since "Christians" just turned up and just took what they wanted without asking. (Which is incredibly un-Christian and makes this kind of argument hypocritical as well as uninformed)
In addition, we're talking about the legislation which represents all Australians - not just those that still attend church on a Sunday. Which of course is a steadily declining part of the population. Feel free to fact check this one by speaking to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
Your faith, my faith or Abbott's faith has jack shit to do with it.
- Won't somebody think of the children?
This is a tough one because it involves me pointing out something you seem to have failed to notice.
Straight people can be crap parents.
I KNOW. I KNOW. I KNOW. Who'd have thunked it eh?
There are thousands of examples here unfortunately, but I think it's fair to say that Christianity hasn't worked out so well for the children over the last century, nor has traditional boy/girl marriage if the divorce rates and domestic violence statistics are anything to go by.
Sure, gay people can be crap parents too, but if you're using children as a reason to deny two people who love each other the right to marry, I think you're clutching at straws. And no, not the drink ones.
- I don't like gay people.
I don't like stupid people, bigoted people, mean people, Scott Morrison, Miranda Devine or anybody that drives without their lights on in the pouring rain, but I still think they should be able to do all the things I can do. And you must know by now how much that pains me to say that.
Saying you don't think somebody should be able to marry because you don't like them is without a doubt the stupidest reason of all to object to marriage equality.
Not liking somebody because they love somebody of the same gender is an ignorant and fearful response . The fact that you honestly think what you do and don't like should impact the human rights of other people is so breathtakingly arrogant that it boggles the mind. Please stop commenting on articles using your own name and picture. People are judging you and not very nicely at that.
I know there are many more nuances to these five objections but they all boil down to the same thing. It's not about you.
So for the love of Colin - Shut. The. F**k. Up.
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