Everyone deserves their own Hallmark moment
Some of us have gay friends who pay their taxes and live by the law.
But when it comes to one of the most important moments of your life – your wedding day – the law says gays are suddenly so different they’re not allowed to have one.
Society says its fine for gays to tailor your wedding suit, chauffeur you, co-ordinate the reception, even stand up and declare you man and wife.
But my gay friends aren’t stereotypes, they’re real people with real hearts and their love for their partners is just as precious as the love between a man and a woman. And they want to get married for exactly the same reasons as everyone else does. They’re in love. They want to make a commitment to each other.
I don’t see how allowing same-sex couples to get married hurts anyone else. Marriage brings so much joy, not to mention for families and friends. Every mum wants to see her son or daughter get married. It shouldn’t make any difference if her kid’s gay.
And what about the kids raised by gay people? They deserve the stability that comes with marriage, just like all Aussie kids. All of us benefit when there’s a bit more love in the world.
I’ve heard people say stuff like “marriage will be devalued”. But that doesn’t add up. I mean if more people get married isn’t that good for marriage, doesn’t it make it more relevant? In a world were 50% of marriages end in divorce, it doesn’t make sense to turn people away who want to tie the knot.
Religion gets talked about too, and that’s fine, if that’s what you’re into. But straight people don’t have to believe in God or go to church to get married any more, so why is religion suddenly a big issue when we’re talking about gays getting hitched? And most importantly, we’re talking about civil marriage here, so its a civil rights issue.
I’m not the only one who feels this way. I read recently that 60% of Americans support same-sex marriage. That seems like a big enough number for our politicians to sit up and do something.
Bottom line, marriage is about love and commitment, a big commitment. If someone’s willing to make that kind of commitment we shouldn’t be stopping them. We should be saying “go for it”, and “we’ll be there to support you every step of the way”.
That’s what I want to be able to say to my gay friends, and that’s why I support same-sex marriage.
So now we’ve got all that straight, so to speak, I’m putting out the call to join me in giving a thumbs up to same-sex marriage. You know it’s the right thing to do. Come on, raise your voices for equality.