How would you feel if you didn’t have the same rights as everyone else in the world?
Is it really acceptable to discriminate against people just because they are attracted to the same sex?
Why shouldn’t everyone have the right to marry whoever they like, regardless of their sex?
In the last century whites were commonly considered to be superior to blacks. Even though interracial marriages have never been illegal in Australia, there was a very high chance that the children of the couple would be taken away. In many parts of the USA these marriages were illegal and interracial relationships resulted in violence and persecution. We are now a more civilized society, and we can look back and see the irrationality of this racial discrimination.
In years to come we will probably look back and question why the legalisation of gay marriage was ever an issue, in the same way that we now see the racist laws of the last century as an absurdity and a violation of human rights.
Human rights are commonly understood as "freedom from interference or restriction by government, simply because he or she is a human being". Human rights are conceived as universal and the same for everyone. It is widely considered that Australian laws should uphold these inalienable rights. Currently the Australian Marriage Act 1961 states that marriage means the union of a man and a woman to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life. The words ‘man and a woman,’ discriminate socially and culturally acceptable same sex relationships from the institution of marriage.
A poll done in The Age in August 2010 with over 15,000 voters, stated that over 70% of the voters wanted the government to change the law to allow gay marriages.
In September 2010 Tasmania became the first Australian state to recognize same-sex marriages. This is a step in the right direction, it is important that the rest of Australia follow suit.
I don’t see how allowing same-sex...