They’re getting hitched in the city that never sleeps
This week in New York the hottest ticket in town is not the latest Broadway musical or the opening of hip new restaurant, it’s the Marriage Bureau. So many same-sex couples have been waiting for the day when they can say “I do” that a lottery system has had to be introduced to deal with the amount of weddings set to take place.
This marriage boom is much needed in a state that has 50,000 divorces a year, almost 1000 a week! The gays will be combating this figure over the coming months with thousands upon thousands of loving and committed couples set to legalise their love.
Marriage is an institution that so many straight couples have taken for granted for so long, and it is now being strengthened by the same-sex couples who fought to be a part of it.
This involved years of protests, lobbying, sharing of personal stories, and asking politicians to put aside prejudice and replace it with principle. As we have done in Australia, New York’s advocates for equality produced studies on the benefits to health, the economy, and society by allowing loving same-sex couples to be equally recognised and protected by the law.
Of course, just like here, there was fierce and well-funded opposition to equality, by tricksters who used every scare tactic possible to de-rail the love and equality arguments. It always strikes me as intensely confusing that conservative religious organisations try to say we “gays” are attempting to destroy the institution of marriage.
The call to action for the Australian Christian Lobby’s upcoming “Marriage Day” on August 16th was come on down to Canberra to fight the “powerful secular forces working to destroy marriage” What!?!
In recent history has anyone heard one group talk more about how important marriage is than the gays? We have rallies, forums, and of course marriage was a major theme during this year’s Mardi Gras.
Every weekend same-sex couples have “potential” wedding ceremonies where they profess their love and commitment, before their family and friends, despite not getting the legal recognition and protection.
And if you don’t believe me when I say we are not trying to bring on the rapture, early reports in from New York today tell us that the sky hasn’t fallen in and no-one has married a goat.
Canada has just celebrated 6 years of marriage equality, and no major natural disasters have been linked to same-sex marriage. The Netherlands has had marriage equality for 10 years, and Joe de Bruyn can’t point to any travesties of justice in his birthplace that are a result of allowing gays to have in-laws.
In Australia there are an estimated 25,000 couples who would get married if they could, that’s 100,000 parents who want to see them walk down the aisle and bring back the respect to marriage that their generation once knew.
Ironically, the decision as to whether we can get married or not is largely in the hands of an unmarried woman and her colleagues. They will all be reporting back to parliament on what you think about marriage equality very soon, so if you haven’t yet shared your support for it, do so now, here.
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