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Stunts that don’t work hurt the Gay community

During the course of the last government we saw the rather unedifying spectacle of the Labor party trying very hard to distract attention from its failings by letting the polity be distracted by the Greens long held desire to change the marriage act. With all kinds of silliness we saw MPs asked to consult with their constituents about their feelings on the subject we saw several doomed to fail private members bills presented to the parliament and we saw the Canberra town council try to create same sex marriage in their jurisdiction even though they knew that their efforts would be quickly torn down by the high court. So it should surprise no one that the high court has  in fact ruled that the whole edifice created by the Canberra Town council is null and void.

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 The problem with political stunt flying is that those sort of aircraft are bound to come back to earth with a very unpleasant crash and sadly people get hurt. Some how I think that the sad Gay couples pictured in the Canberra Times’ picture gallery will direct all of their angst at the wrong players in this bit of legal theater.  They will undoubtedly blame the current government instead of both the Labor party and the Greens who gave them such false hope that there is any substantive mood for change of the Marriage act in the Australian polity. At best its a fringe issue a long way down the political agenda  of most people. The general public are more than OK with homosexuality per se I would venture that the reforms to various acts to remove discrimination against same couples made by Labor under Rudd is generally endorsed  and that within the greater Australian  community* being Gay is of no more consequence than having a particular hair colour. That is something to give ourselves a collective pat on the back for  but Gay marriage? Forget it, its not going to happen in this country any time soon because there are far more pressing fish to fry than the vanities of that small proportion of the community who bat for the other team.

Cheers Comrades

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*Our Islamic community is a notable dissenter when it comes to social acceptance of homosexuality within our society and that the Koran insists that being Gay is a capital offense.

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3 Comments

  1. Matt Patchon says:

    I’ve just started reading James Allen’s, Democracy in Decline, where he is primarily focusing on the democratic process aligning with the concept of majority rules policy making. While he admits good decisions aren’t always made through this process, he does point out how the Prop 8 dismantling in the US was basically by a few unelected judges overriding the Will of the People. Unless we want High Court judges establishing the Status Quo for us, the people of Australia, same-sex marriage must be implemented via plebiscite or referendum. Any other way will simply undermine the democratic process of this country.

    According to Allen, legalising same-sex marriage trumps majoritarian decision making, by the would-be married same-sex couples.

    And this is by what, a 1.6% minority group of this country?

  2. Iain Hall says:

    Thanks for that Matt, as it happens I have on a number of occasions argued that the only proper way to validate such a change to the Marriage Act would by with a plebiscite.

  3. Ray Dixon says:

    So Ashleigh & Narell are back on the market then? Good – I’ll have the one with the darker hair.

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