Mar 28

Tonight, on the television, Michael and I got married.

On the TV.  It’s not real.  There’s no legal standing.  I wrote about the TV Show, Adam Hills – In Gordon Street Tonight here.

The response from those around me has been simply amazing.  The amount of happiness and love thrown towards us, and all those with us that got married tonight, has simply been staggering and just a little bit humbling.  (It’s ok, ego still in tact)

Michael and GregoryAt the outset, let me say that I would marry Michael in a heartbeat.  He is the man I want to be with, the man I love and the man I want to share my life with.  I consider myself married already, in my heart I feel a bond that I honour, I really don’t need anyone to tell me that I’m not married, nor do I need anyone to give me their approval.  I simply want the opportunity to express my love for Michael, to show my commitment in anyway we feel best suits us.  Marriage Equality is denied to us for no good reason.

I went into this TV gay marriage thing because I have a point to make.  I’m simply not allowed to have a formal legal recognition to my relationship with Michael.  A relationship that is real, tangible and valid, just like those couples that can get married.

The outpouring of support and emotion that I’ve experienced in the last few weeks makes it pretty clear to me that there is much support. People see the value in allowing marriage equality.  Even though I explain to people that this is a mock wedding, they still see it as something that is desirable, worthy and clearly not under any threat simply because I want to join the ranks of being married.

Michael and I want the right to get married, who knows whether or not we would.  As it stands at present, we can’t.  That seems grossly unfair.

My thanks to everyone that has offered their support, that has shown me their desire to see marriage equality.  Your words, cards, emails, tweets and Facebook messages are very much gratefully accepted.

To the whole team at the ABC, I thank you.  I’ve felt respected and cared for every step of the way.  You’ve given the whole show a feeling of fun and a laugh, but at the same time showing great care and dignity to all of those couples involved.  Well done.

Before it’s too late, take that support and express it to the Government.  Don’t do it for me, but do it because you see the value in treating all Australians as First Class Citizens.  It’s time to click the link and make a submission about Marriage Equality to the Australian Senate Inquiry. This is important to me and to all those in Australia who wish for everyone to be treated with dignity and respect.

Marriage Equality is important. A huge part of the population is denied something for no good reason. I’m happy to stand up and say ‘if I want to get married, let me get married’. Stop telling me what to do.

The time has come.

7 Responses to “A Call for Marriage Equality.”

  1. Jen says:

    I think its fantastic, and was a beautifull service. I look forward to your actuall wedding and insist on designing your cake. Well done! I wish you all the joy in the world.

  2. Very touching Gregory. I said a few words along a similar vein too. Great minds…

  3. Naomi Barnett says:

    Beautifully written Gregory.

  4. Cam says:

    You look like a great couple. 🙂 I’m a bit jealous actually. 🙂

  5. Icelander says:

    I found your blog because of a small news story in an Icelandic newspaper. It about your kiss in front of the Muslim protestors. You have my respect for your courage. It came as such a huge surprise that Australia still does not allow same sex marriages. Being the modern informed society that it is. Spain being a Catholic and very religious country allows same sex marriages. I lived there for a few years and never saw any sign of it being a threat in any way to anyone. We have same sex marriages here in Iceland, in fact our prime minister is gay and married to her wife. Hope you will get equal rights for everyone soon. Love is beautiful and you are lucky to find it, some people never do.

  6. Gregory says:

    Well, can’t have you being jealous, next time you can kiss!

  7. Thank you for the message of support Icelander. Yes, it is surprising that Australia is so backward on the issue of marriage equality. It is due to the overly vocal right-wing Christian influence in certain sections of the country, and a spineless government. Well done on the progressive attitude in Iceland.

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