Monday, July 02, 2012

Not thinking about it

Marriage equality has been a big topic over the past few years, with country after country (latest: France) moving to remove discrimination from their marriage laws. So how much thinking has our government done about it over the years? Someone used FYI, the free public OIA request website, to ask for all documents on the matter since the passage of the Civil Union Act in 2005. The result? A whole lot of responses to emails from the public, and a one-page briefing from February this year [PDF] apparently produced as a response to the US Court of Appeal decision overturning Proposition 8. The guts of that briefing?

No policy consideration is currently being given to same-sex marriage... No work is currently underway.
And that's it. Its as if the government has been resolutely sticking their fingers in their ears and going "la la la la not thinking about it".