I would never have thought, as I grew up in a semi-rural town and learned to deal with my homosexuality as covertly and as indistinctly as possible, that I would one day be told that my prospects of marrying the man that I love would become a distinct possibility. However much my love for the same sex would be attacked by my own sense of christian doom (having being brought up in an obsessively religious school) or by my fellow classmates or teachers, the ongoing thought that the feelings I felt would be somewhat vindicated would be wondrous, not to mention liberating, where I knew that I would be able to shout my love for another man over the hills and not be afraid of public attack or ridicule. As I grew older and watched on as the world welcomed same sex marriage with open arms, I felt that my country would be swift to do the same, as I believed, quite naively as it turns out, that Australians are, on the whole, people who love the fair go, and enjoy’s the prosperity of it’s fellow citizens.
Despite seeing so many people I know and love become succumbed by christian fundamentalism, drugs, booze, or self pity, or a thorough combination of all the above, I have grown to believe that politics is one of the major pushing forces for change and improvement in our country. As the years went by, this thought began to disintegrate more and more, and, now, with the marriage equality “yes or no” vote throughly underway, the belief in our countries politicians and it’s rhetoric, has disappeared altogether.
Living gay in Australia is, as of this point of our history, a very arduous and disheartening prospect. Most members of the LGBT+ community have suffered discrimination as well as the steady prospect of ignorance and abandonment which has lead to the suffering and repression of the community; especially towards the young, the most vulnerable of our beautiful community.
I need not tell you about the deceptive ads that have crept up on television; being the ones targeting not the actual issue of marriage equality but, it seems, talking about the rights of the parents to “choose”. To what this implies has yet to be clarified however, seeing as how the arguments pertaining to this debate about religious freedom (seemingly in bitter spite over our apparently secular country) and moral delinquency. The One Nation party has hijacked this campaign of insanity by instilling conservative fear over the apparent abolition and desecration of the Australian nuclear family. We already know, from the earliest television commercials, that it has never been about the idea of marriage equality, but a seemingly wretched and deliberate cash in on the arguments against Safe Schools, which is about nothing else other than the protection of children’s mental well being (if anyone in their right minds could force themselves to think that an organisation dedicated to the reduction of teen suicide and bullying, is somehow pushed by a political agenda, then it is clear who is the worse for wear).
The tireless work of school counsellors and teachers in pushing for such a program is something that should be greatly admired by the public, but thanks to the sad and bitter arguments of Pauline Hanson and Cory Benardi, Peter Dutton and Tony Abbot (I will not add Andrew Bolt to this list of shame, as he is possibly the saddest and least interesting of the strange political nutbags of this era). This putrid stain on Australian politics, and it’s disgusting embellishment of attacking and morally degrading some of the populations most vulnerable people, awaking a feeling amongst many of the community to have lost faith in the already morally seditious collection of bigots, racists and homophobes that fill the seats of the countries highest seats of government.
In such a short amount of time, the language of bigotry has been ever so nicely excused in the name of free speech and respectful debate, especially in the name of such abhorrent debating skills on the side of the no argument, seemingly avoiding proper polemics and understanding. Notice the way that most of these points are argued, and i will be using a short video by liberal MP Andrew Green as the major point here:
“I’ll be voting no because I think that marriage, as it is currently defined as both a public and societal good, it is a special union between a man and a woman, it is a meeting of body and mind, it is sealed by consent through sexual intercourse and because the sexual union is at the heart of marriage, there is also procreating potential. Because of that fact, it is inherently ordered towards family life.”
Taking away the blatant disregard for LGBT parents to create a family of their own and for the quite bizarre notion that the only reason marriage even exists is because of the sexual act, we must attack this argument from the logical perspective:
- Notice the lazy terminology here i.e. that marriage is seemingly defined as a beneficial “public and societal good” not clarifying, of course, to what this actually means, nor why it provides such a service.He therefore neglects the failure of most marriages as forced shambles that pressure so many young people into marriage and of the societal pressures marriage places on so many young couples (homes that they cannot afford, jobs they are forced into, dreams thoroughly destroyed). So here, we have a very damning reason as to marriage exists from the lack of the MP’s explanation as to why marriage is such an important institution.
- And they call us gays sex obsessed! This is a man that claims that the only reason that marriage exists is the inevitable sexual union (because as we all know, no one has sex outside of marriage, regardless of sexuality). This is a few words far too problematic. As well as disregarding the idea that marriage is supposed to be a declaration of love in terms of it’s modern 21st century description, which, as far as the NO argument goes, has been thoroughly neglected as an argument.
- As before mentioned, he ignores the LGBT couples who are in fact, raising successful families and raising kids who are abandoned by their own families and are raised through adoption.
So..based on that side of the argument, where the meek and mild pretend that they make sense, we have no argument. Even ignoring the language of the argument itself, which is based on “I think” or “what if”, is not an argument for a secular society to have, unless there is something empirical (most politicians are not as ridiculous as Malcolm Roberts, nor as idiotic, but they just may be as incoherent and impotent)
Now let us look at a small sheet of paper that seems just as poorly worded and inane as the above statement:
“VOTE NO TO PEDO PARENTING
Protect the genetic wellbeing (!) of children who deserve better than legalised sick parents. Don’t trust the FAKE news, owned by the pedo left (getting a little repetitive aren’t we?) NBN Catholics (whatever that means) gAyBC (very clever) and SBS gay left. All biased, anti-Australian, pro-globalist propaganda. Tell your friends.” (I may add, that the capitalisations are all the writer’s, not mine.)
Among many points here, I feel that we need to apply a bit of a Hitchens Razor. With this we can determine that any statement that is placed with no evidence, can be easily dismissed without evidence. The above statement is short, though just as problematic. It is the opposite of “”meek and mild”. It is vicious, angry, brutal, almost non – intelligible. This was a print that has been shared on Facebook, placed into peoples letterboxes. Whether or not this may be so ridiculous as to be a joke, we may never know.
This plebiscite tell’s me many things about Australia. Like America it’s secular intentions and decree’s seem to be blissfully ignored by Parliament, and organisations such as the Coalition For Marriage (an organisation that is the epitome of the disregard of the term “due diligence” seeing as how their “flag” is the same colours of the bisexual flag. Hopefully they will find this as humorous as everyone has when they are eventually told this, but I suspect that they have already chosen to ignore it).
It seems to me that Australia is still kept hostage by the ignorant and the angry ideologies of institutions that claim for tolerance yet are still unable to accept it amongst anyone else. It has also revealed that there are in fact many religious nut balls in Parliament, which are still given the floor despite the childish and incomprehensible nonsense they sputter.
Right now I have sent my YES vote, and I do think that many Australians will vote the same as me, even for anyone who is not LGBT+. I still maintain hope that it will be overwhelmingly the yes vote, and a pathetic, small yet loud minority of fanatics are holding back any semblance of proper discussion. One day, I will marry the man I love, I hold hope in that fact, and at the end of this harsh and brutal “debate” that marriage will finally mean something positive to me.