Yesterday Kevin Rudd announced that he had done a complete backflip on his stand on same sex marriage, pushing the issue to the forefront of the media’s attention once again. For many people this is something to be celebrated. For me I have the thought of ‘so what?’. Now before you cry equal rights and discrimination, let me elaborate.
I cannot fathom why this is still an issue. It is 2013, why are we still up in arms about the sanctity of marriage being ruined? I do not understand how two people, regardless of their sexual orientation is laughing in the face of marriage? A union between two people is a display of love and togetherness. Why does whether those people are two men, two women or a man and a woman change that? How does two consenting adults who decide to celebrate their love through a ceremony have any impact on anyone else?
I don’t understand why a government is still adhering to the rules of an interpretation of the bible. There are many of the ways of the Old Testament that we no longer live by, even in a church setting so I do not understand the need to hold onto this one doctrine. It feels that equality for same sex couples has come such a long way and stayed stagnate all at the same time.
Same sex couples are recognised by Centrelink as legitimate couples, meaning that they are no longer seen as ‘roomates’ and must declare incomes in order to receive the payments they are entitled to. Centrelink recognises them for fucks sake, an organisation that has lost more documents than they have every miraculously found. Yet our government is stil dragging it’s feet on the issue, unable to commit to even a referendum to let the people have their say.
I don’t care who you love. If you are both consenting adults and want to show the world your love then I say go for your life. Your decision doesn’t impact me, I don’t find you repulsive or any other words thrown around by conservative groups. I am comfortable enough in my sexuality and life that I don’t have the misconception that having a homosexual couple marry means that the sanctity of marriage will be ruined.
You know what ruins the sanctity of marriage? Celebrities getting married for 5 minutes, people rushing their decisions or getting married because its ‘the right thing to do’. A same sex marriage has the same chances of working as a hetero marriage. A person’s sexual orientation does not change who they are deep inside. Love is love.