Sunday morning. Set the alarm for 7am. Ugh. At least the hours standing in the rain yesterday were rewarded with our youngest daughter winning her year 7 hockey grand final.
Take my poodles for a walk. Get dressed and ready to go to a special event for a very special little girl and her two mums. Her first Holy Communion.
How could they have known that today was the day Cardinal George Pell and the leaders of the Anglican and Greek Orthodox churches in Sydney would be taking to the pulpit to condemn same-sex marriage ahead of federal parliamentary debate on marriage reform?
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In 1965, at least 50 people were injured when police broke up a civil rights’ protest in Alabama. About 500 people marched before the state troopers moved in.
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Raised on a diet of Disney movies, contemporary society has become so besotted with the idea of heterosexual romance, marriage and weddings, we fail to see the people for the confetti and happily-ever-afters.
Caught up in a Hollywood version of what constitutes a legitimate union, we’re becoming exclusive, political and discriminatory and overlooking what should be a very basic human right: the right of the individual to form a loving, public and legal commitment to another person and have it civilly sanctioned regardless of sexuality.
I find it fascinating and more than a little bit perplexing, that when it comes to discussions of same-sex unions, those best positioned to provide compassion and understanding resort to straw polls, prejudicial language and silencing tactics to proclaim, yet again, the almighty significance of heterosexual unions.
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