Religious Freedom: What it is, what it isn’t, and how that impacts LGBTI people.

One of the main tactics the campaign against marriage equality engages in, it trying to create fear by claiming marriage equality will imperil religious freedom. This is a two-pronged attack, also known as the forked-tongue attack. It intimates that somehow, a person’s religion will be at risk, and it also sets the stage for claiming […]

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If it takes a village…

A short thought Talking biology, they say it takes a village to raise a child. If so, I sometimes wonder why we’re so obsessed with the nuclear family. It’s certainly not natural. We’re primates, a social animal. Look at any “primitive” people  (should be “primative” so the connection to primates is clearer). They live in […]

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Is marriage about biological children? I thought it was about commitment between partners.

One of the current arguments used by opponents of marriage equality is that marriage is somehow about children having two biological parents. But even the definition John Howard put in the Marriage Act, to prevent the marriage of same-sex couples, doesn’t mention children. That’s because marriage, particularly legal, civil marriage, is not about children at […]

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Preaching discrimination from the pulpits.

Today, I looked at the news and found this: https://thewest.com.au/news/wa/no-to-gay-marriage-archbishop-ng-b88570100z. It’s an article in the major WA newspaper, the West Australian, by Nick Butterly, providing a forum for the views of Catholic Archbishop Timothy Costelloe. For those who don’t read past the headlines, the message is clear, “‘No’ to gay marriage: Perth Catholic Archbishop Timothy […]

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