One day I hope to get married.
I'm one of the lucky ones. I have a partner of the opposite sex who loves me and treats me like an equal, together we are a team. Legally we can marry.
If my partner was of the same sex and treated me like an equal, together a team, in Australia we would not be able to legally bind our relationship by marriage. No matter how in love we were.
However, if my partner of the opposite sex abused me regularly and/or raped me, demoralising not only me but also our relationship, if I was too afraid to speak out (most likely), we would legally be able to bind our relationship by marriage. No matter how in love we weren't.
An arranged marriage is also legal in Australia, as long as both parties are of legal age, state of mind and agree to be married. Unless the couple are the same sex.
Mind you the Australian Taxation Department and Centrelink recognise same sex relationships. So while you cannot legally call your same sex partner your husband or wife the government can tax you and cut your welfare payments.
How can the Australian government justify this? To be perfectly honest, I'm not in the mood to read a whole lot of so called justification of such a hypocritical matter. So while the average person are told repeatedly by our government that you can't have your cake and eat it too, they are eating their cake, your cake and my cake. Repeatedly.
While typing this post out I received an email from a Labor Senator for Queensland, Doug Stewart, who sent me the following regarding marriage equality;
“ Thank you for your email.
The ALP policy does not support same sex marriage. This is not my personal position, and I continue to work with in the party for amendment, however I will support the party position in any vote.
I believe that marriage is a commitment between two people who make that choice together; the quality of the marriage relies on the personal commitment and determination of the people involved”
So these people are in a position of power but don't believe their party's policies. How?
When is it time to stand up and speak out about inequality? What will it take? Obviously not an 'atheist' Prime Minister who according to the church lives in sin for living with her de facto boyfriend. She has stated that it's not about religion but about 'conservative upbringing'. So in other words being homosexual is immoral.
Don't even look at the opposition. Tony Abbott still believes women belong in the house ironing, washing and baking. I wasn't born in the 1950's but if equality is so frowned upon in 2011 I'm going to assume that it was more frowned upon in the 1950's. Maybe Mr Abbott needs a time machine to go back to the era he so obviously craves and belongs.
We can look at The Greens and their gay marriage policy but unfortunately they need the backing of the Labor party who as we see above don't believe in equality.
So what can we do?
We can speak out. Just like I am here.
Use your blog, your Twitter, your Facebook, your LinkedIn, your mobile and your emails to send the message that inequality is NOT fair.
Go onto the Australian Marriage Equality website and join in a workshop, email your local MP, meet your local MP, or/and see how else you can take action.
If you are a mum who believes in equality sign the Mums For Equality letter to MPs.
Attend rallies. Check out Equal Love regularly to find out rallies in your city.
What I'm trying to say is don't be quiet about this. Everyone, individually, deserves the joy of choosing whether to marry or not, it should be none of the government's business.