BELATED ANGRY WEDNESDAY

BELATED ANGRY WEDNESDAY

18th December 2013 // By Amanda Kerr
It’s happened. Just when you thought having a sexist bigot for a Prime Minister was embarrassing enough, the High Court goes and throws out ACT’s same-sex laws. Over the short period of time that same-sex marriage was legislated in the ACT, 27 couples took advantage of this, including people from interstate, and got married. As of yesterday, all of these marriages are automatically annulled. They were ruled unconstitutional by the High Court because “ACT cannot legislate the marriage because it is a federal and Commonwealth power”. After reading The Australian, it’s not hard to be disgusted with the Australian Christan Lobby and their managing director Lyle Shelton, who stated

"Marriage between a man and a woman is good for society and beneficial for governments to uphold in legislation, It’s about providing a future for the next generation where they can be raised by their biological parents, wherever possible." This was in concern for same-sex couples who thought they were married under the ACT legislation. Oh how kind and concerning he is. That makes sense. It’s not like alcoholics, abusive people, financially reckless and callous people are reproducing everyday, and not having abortions because they want the Centrelink payments. Biological parents are always perfect parents. Other than this quote assuming that a gay couple wanting to get married will also automatically adopt children, why is it alluding that gay couples would be a jeopardy to a child if they raise them? Gay couples never adopt because a condom broke, or because they’re young and too stupid to realise they don’t have the capacity or maturity to raise a child. They adopt because they want a child, and they want to provide a happy and fulfilling life for them. Adopting a child and raising it as your own is one of the most humble things you can do. Although this ruling has been deemed a ‘temporary defeat’, the hope for the same-sex laws to come back into place are looking doubtful. Looks like we’re flying to Canada/Iceland/Argentina/Mexico/Portugal/Sweden/Norway/South Africa/Spain/Belgium or The Netherlands to get married. Take your pick.

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