Marriage Equality BY Neil Watson
Ireland has become the first nation in the world to legalise same-sex marriages by popular vote. The voting results revealed that 62.1 percent voted Yes and 37.9 percent voted No. With this outcome, it’s started a conversation in Australia on whether we should follow suit and have a nationwide referendum.
Tony Abbott, the Prime Minister, has said that “questions of marriage are the preserve of the Commonwealth Parliament” and not down to the people. The push to become a more progressive and modern nation has been heavily pressured on Australia, increasingly so with states in the USA legalising same-sex marriage.
Tough decisions need to be made very soon and the further the country leaves it, the worse off the people will be, not only in the eyes of the people around the world looking on but as judged by other countries progression. In the US; a place where random shootings, racism and senselessness prevails, the Supreme Court has now legalised same sex marriage in every state. The US now wholly supports something Australia categorically opposes.
More and more places around the world are opening up to marriage equality, with notable countries making it legal and many more looking to push it through. But why do so many organisations have to add their own opinion to it because at this point of time, marriage isn’t just based on the original principal any more. People are getting married because they love each other not, because of the traditional children before wedlock or to appease God or to conform to someone’s agenda. It’s because of love, which is all marriage should be chalked up to anyhow.