I’ve written a few times about those who freely spread hate and misinformation in their need to cling desperately to outdated beliefs of traditional values, usually under the guise of freedom of speech or religion. So sadly, I wasn’t surprised to see yet another loathsome attempt by bigots – this time the Australian Marriage Forum – to discriminate against one group of people to allegedly protect another. Basically, trotting out tired old fears and propaganda in their desire to deny marriage to those they don’t feel deserve it. Honestly, I don’t know what frustrates and angers me more – their ignorance or self-righteous claims of defending the rights of helpless children.
For those of you who didn’t see the anti-marriage equality advertisement, purposely scheduled to air on Mardi Gras night, it purported that giving all couples the right to marry was detrimental to the well-being of children. If it weren’t so hurtful it would almost be amusing given how backward their views are on what constitutes ‘equality’. There are just so many things wrong with their premise it’s hard to know where to start.
First up, it is disrespectful to any family that doesn’t conform to the ‘traditional’ mould of mum, dad and kids. If they are so worked up about protecting the institution as they see it, why aren’t they campaigning equally as hard to repeal divorce laws? Or forcing single mothers to marry the fathers? As long as there is love and support in a family, it shouldn’t matter as to the gender of the parents.
Then there are those couples – both heterosexual and homosexual – that don’t even wish to have offspring. So how does their marrying affect the welfare of children one way or another?
And since when did being straight automatically guarantee that you will be a good parent? Correct me if I’m wrong, but as far as I know, it doesn’t magically stop people from being abusive or neglectful.
Personally, I think that everyone is entitled to their beliefs – no matter how repugnant I may find them. That being said, I don’t tell them how to live their lives so why the f@&k do they think they can tell me how I can live mine? Who I choose to marry won’t affect their lives in any way, so why do they feel the need to spend so much time worrying and fighting against it.
Granted, Australia is far from the only place with such hateful people but it saddens me to see legislative progress on this issue eluding my homeland. I’d love to return there to live one day but steadfastly refuse until my legally wedded husband is recognised as such.
In 2015, is it really too much to ask for people to move onto issues that really matter – the environment, gender inequality, poverty – rather than stopping people in love from marrying?