Today is a pretty exciting day to be a member of the LGBT community. The second reading of the equal marriage legislation brings marriage for same sex couples ever closer.
This legislation is about more than weddings though.
In fact, I would argue the act of marriage is the least of it. Introducing equal marriage legislation sends a statement that people should not be perceived as different, and certainly not as inferior, because they love someone of the same sex.
Making gay weddings just ‘weddings’ means that people start seeing people as equal across the board.
For decades gay people have been seen as odd, different, and lesser. This isn’t about legality, as civil partnerships deal with most of that, equal marriage says that homosexual relationships mean the same as heterosexual relationships, and by extension so do the people in them.
Kids who grow up today, and realise they are gay, shouldn’t ever have to feel that they mean less than those who are straight, or that the relationships they are in are less important.
Yes marriage is a conservative, old fashioned, institution. So, if you are gay and dislike that don’t get married, just like plenty of straight couples don’t. Everyone should have the right to make that decision though, and they government should send this fundamental message.
Separate but equal isn’t really equal at all.
I’m off to propose to Jodie Foster.