Tuesday, May 19, 2009


Public Address's Emma Hart systematically refutes the "arguments" against gay marriage. The only one that's left standing? Our politicians are too cowardly to push on with it. Given the shitstorm the previous government had over civil unions and then section 59, their wariness is understandable - but at the same time it is something we need to work to change. And it will change. Five years of civil unions has shown that the sky will not fall if we formally recognise gay relationships, and that it is in fact completely ordinary. And that sense will only grow as more time passes, and more comparable overseas jurisdictions (Sweden, Canada, the more liberal parts of the US) go the whole way.

I don't think anyone will bring a bill this term. But from 2011 on, when the smacking debate has died down, its open season on bigots.