Sunday, 23 June 2013

Foreign gay marriage recognition - dies in Senate

It was bound to fail as once again the opposition didn't allow a conscience vote, all of them except for Sue Boyce who crossed the floor, voting no. Not only was the recognition of foreign same sex marriages killed, but also the bill to protect aged LGBT people from discrimination in nursing homes.

How fuckin stupid. I imagine it's not only LGBT people scratching their heads at this one. For example, what possible harm could be caused from old gays not being allowed to be discriminated against in nursing homes? Even straight people would be hard pressed to come up with an argument against that.

I suspected it may well have simply been more of the politicking that we've come to hate so much from Canberra. When they use an issue to try and gain points in the electorate, even though the decisions they're making affect people's lives. 

Turns out I'm not the only one that thinks this way. From Marion Dalton:
This is a shameful day for Australia. Extending our recognition of marriages made overseas would be such a simple thing. It would hurt no one; in fact, it would only increase both happiness and social stability. It would show us to be a nation that is both compassionate and fair-minded, able to extend our congratulations to even more of our citizens for choosing to formalise their loving commitment to each other.

Instead, our elected representatives showed themselves – yet again – to be narrow-minded, prejudiced, manipulative and hard-hearted.

Australia falls further and further behind the rest of the world every day when it comes to social justice. Today was one more example.

What happened in the Senate today probably won’t even make the evening news broadcasts, which in itself is disgraceful. And the majority of those who voted to deny same-sex couples even this most basic of recognition probably won’t have any trouble sleeping tonight.

They should. They should be thoroughly ashamed of themselves. And they should be made aware of just how badly their blithe politicking affects the very people they claim to represent. more

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