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 […]Read More Religious Freedom: What it is, what it isn’t, and how that impacts LGBTI people.
As a sexual health professional, and a former parliamentary advisor, I wanted to respond to Mark Latham’s scare piece on marriage equality, “Mark Latham: Same-Sex yes vote will open a can of worms” published in the Daily Telegraph on 29 August. Since it has been made pay-for-view, I’ll summarize that Latham is raising the “dread […]Read More Mark Latham’s can of worms are in his own mind.
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 […]Read More If it takes a village…
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 […]Read More Is marriage about biological children? I thought it was about commitment between partners.
Almost from the beginning of this debate, the opponents of marriage equality have framed it in terms of family and children. The argument is that the “best” family is one with a genetic father and mother. Period, and let’s not question that. Anything else is bad for kids, and let’s not question that. It’s where […]Read More The family: is rigid Christianity a good or bad influence?
The fight for marriage equality seems to be shaping up as a fight for the heart of Christianity. From the beginning, the opponents of marriage equality have framed their opposition on the basis of religion. Marriage, they say, is a Christian sacrament, and must remain true to that. Opponents cry that not allowing them to […]Read More If you really want to go there… the fight on religious values.
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 […]Read More Preaching discrimination from the pulpits.