I have been hearing my voice booming around my home as I watch the TV for an upcoming documentary.
Stop using the rules of your religion to tell me how to live my life
The constant theme I hear from people about why I can’t get in married in Australia is mostly based on their religious view that homosexuality is an abomination. The attitude from religious fundamentalist is the reason that we don’t yet have marriage equality in Australia.
There is a shift going on, slowly but surely. I read this article in the Washington Post from a Christian who believes that marriage is between one man and one woman. David Jolly is a conservative politician, but he gets it:
I believe in a form of limited government that protects personal liberty. To me, that means that the sanctity of one’s marriage should be defined by their faith and by their church, not by their state. Accordingly, I believe it is fully appropriate for a state to recognize both traditional marriage as well as same-sex marriage.
My request is simple and can be echoed by everyone who agrees that personal liberty is important.
Stop using the rules of your religion to tell me how to live my life.
The other objection that I hear a lot is along the lines of ‘think of the children’ and the use of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child which states (amongst a lot of other things that are often ignored)
…the right to know and be cared for by his or her parents.
It’s interesting to note the use of the word parents here is left undefined. It’s also interesting to note that The Universal Declaration of Human Rights says:
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.
It’s right up there at the top – Article 1.
So get out of my way and let me marry him.